Thursday Movie Picks: Mrs. Robinsons

I hope you're ready to rob some cradles because this week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is all about those older women who like younger men. I've actually never seen The Graduate, every time I see the term "Mrs. Robinson" I make a mental note to watch it and never do. I'm not crazy about the term to be honest, but here are some films with older women and younger men.

1) The Reader

I've been thinking about this movie a lot lately, I think I'm do for a re-watch for this film about a teenage boy who has an affair with an older women, only to encounter her again later in life as a law student while she's on trial. 

2) Florence Foster Jenkins

The wanna be Opera singer has a husband who is about two decades younger (in the film, in real life the age cap is only about 12 years) I expected to dislike this movie but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

3) The Good Girl

This is still my favorite Jennifer Aniston performance. It's about a bored woman who hooks up with her younger co-worker. I like this film quite a bit.

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  1. I always consider Winslet's win embarassing because imho she was supporting in this, the film was so-so

    Never saw that last one but FFJ was fun, Streep aside lol

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    1. I agree, and she changed mid-awards season which was ridiculous. I don't know why they didn't leave her there. She would've won no matter what.

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  2. Oh, I just love The Good Girl. I think it was the first movie I watched without a happy ending and it's stuck with me ever since!

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    1. It is really good. I was hoping Aniston would do more movies like that, but since Cake wasn't a huge hit who knows if she will.

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  3. We match with The Reader! I thought this was a good film since I did not read the book. I always think it is better to see the film first because one is always disappointed wi5 the movie if one read the book first. I think I saw the Streep movie but don’t remember much which is sad since I can’t recall seeing it. I haven’t seen The Good Girl but I might one day

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    1. Oh definitely, I haven't read the book either. I'll sometimes read the novels first if there's a long wait for the movie but if one sneaks up on me, I usually try for movie first.

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  4. The Reader sounds like an interesting film! I need to watch the Good Girl soon.

    Here’s my Thursday Movie Picks!

    Ronyell @ The Surreal Movies and TV Blog

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  5. I still haven't seen Florence Foster Jenkins though I want to. The Reader was only good for the sex scenes but I found the film to be quite boring at times. The Good Girl is totally underrated.

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    1. FFJ is cute. I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did.

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  6. Oh you should really catch up with The Graduate. It isn't as impactful as when it was released but still makes many trenchant points and the acting is wonderful.

    None more so than Anne Bancroft, as is often the case with iconic roles she was far from the first choice. Doris Day was the original pick but turned it down, then Ava Gardner was sought but Mike Nichols realized she wasn't in the best shape and offered it to Patricia Neal but she was still recovering from multiple strokes and wasn't physically up to it. After that he contemplated Jeanne Moreau, Geraldine Page, Deborah Kerr, Lana Turner, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Shelley Winters, Eva Marie Saint, and Ingrid Bergman before finally settling on Bancroft.

    I love Kate Winslet but I hated The Reader and hate that of all the fine performances she's given this is what she won for. It was one of her performances I didn't care for and she was supporting.

    Florence Foster Jenkins is such a vehicle for Meryl and she has fun with it however it wasn't deserving of a nomination (and that can be said about a worryingly high number of her nods.) Loved Hugh Grant in it, where was his nomination?

    I liked didn't love Good Girl. Agreed its one of Aniston's best pieces of work.

    Amazing that this is even a thing when older men with younger women has been a constant practically since film began.

    Summer of ’42 (1971)-Teen Herman Raucher (Gary Grimes) is spending the titular summer on Nantucket Island with pals Oscy (Jerry Houser) and Benji (Oliver Conant) just after America has joined in World War II. He meets Dorothy (Jennifer O'Neill), a young newlywed whose husband is away in the war. As his friends awkwardly attempt to woo girls their own age, Herman slowly befriends the older woman and finds himself becoming increasingly in love with her, but a sudden tragedy may change everything. Nostalgic and bittersweet this was a huge hit upon its release.

    White Palace (1990)-Lost in grief at the recent loss of his wife young staid ad exec Max Baron (James Spader) meet earthy 40ish wild child waitress Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) and the attraction is immediate. They embark on a steamy affair but soon enough their class and age differences become an obstacles.

    Afterglow (1997)-A roundelay of unwitting changing partners. Contractor Lucky Mann (Nick Nolte) is a serial philanderer who of late has become involved with unhappy young housewife Marianne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Unbeknownst to either Marianne’s business obsessed but equally unhappy husband Jeffrey (Jonny Lee Miller) meets and falls for Lucky’s wife, the troubled Phyllis (Julie Christie) a former minor star who is wrestling with demons of her own. Odd, opaque comic drama but Julie is sensational and was Oscar nominated.

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    1. Kate should've won for Revolutionary Road that year, I get Reader was more risky but it wasn't a lead performance. They should've kept her in Supporting.

      I haven't seen any of your picks this week. Summer of 42 sounds the most intriguing to me.

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  7. Nice picks! YAY for picking The Good Girl. She's good in rom-coms, but it'd be nice for her to break out of that genre more. This is one of her best performances.

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  8. Florence Foster Jenkins - It was funny in some parts...but I was mostly bored.

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    1. It's not the most exciting movie, but it was fine.

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