Reviews are for Netflix may december, and the critical praise it’s receiving could make it a contender during Oscar season. The film stars Julianne Moore (the kids are absolutely fine) plays Gracie Atherton-Yu, a former teacher who seduced her student (and future husband), Joe Yu (RiverdaleCharles Melton), when he was only 13 years old. Now, in the present, Elizabeth Berry (black Swan‘Natalie Portman) is an actress who has been spending time with the Yu family as she plays Gracie in the big screen adaptation of their lives. And Elizabeth is getting too involved in her quest to understand Gracie and Joe’s relationship.
Romance between an older woman and a younger man, or vice versa, is not uncommon in Hollywood in May–December. And while there aren’t many movies with precise plots may decemberWe’ve picked three of the most prime examples of May-December romance that anyone watching Netflix’s new drama will love.
The Graduate (1967)
Graduate Perhaps one of the most famous May-December romances in cinema history is that between Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father’s business partner. Things get really messy when Benjamin’s parents and Mr. Braddock (William Daniels) pressure him to date Braddock’s daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). Obviously, if they had known that Ben was sleeping with Mrs. Braddock they would not have done this.
When Ben feels a more genuine connection with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson does everything she can to spoil it, even revealing her affair with him. The film also includes beautiful songs by Simon and Garfunkel, many of which have become more famous than the film itself.
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American Beauty (1999)
The 2001 Best Picture Oscar-winning film features a May-December romance, American Beauty, but it is largely one-sided. Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a burnt-out middle-aged man who becomes infatuated with Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari), the best friend of Lester’s teenage daughter Jane Burnham (Thora Birch).
Meanwhile, Lester’s wife, Caroline Burnham (Annette Bening) is having an affair of her own, and can’t understand why her husband is so happy and satisfied with himself after a lifetime of mediocrity. This is because Lester has found his happiness within himself, whether or not he ever gets together with Angela.
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As Good as It Gets (1997)
Seriously, almost any romance movie with Jack Nicholson after 1983 could qualify as a May-December romance. Like the actor himself, Nicholson’s characters also date much younger women. as good as it gets This is rare as Helen Hunt’s Carol Connelly is only 26 years younger than Nicholson’s Melvin Udall. In Hollywood terms, that’s progress!
This intense romantic drama doesn’t make it easy for Melvin and Carol to get together. He is a wealthy writer who has extreme difficulty relating to people, while she is a waitress busy taking care of her sick son. What begins to bring them together is Melvin’s neighbor Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear) who is violently attacked during a robbery. When Melvin is forced to help look after Simon and his dog, he uses it as an excuse to draw Carol more closely into his life.
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All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story (2000)
Although the advertising campaign made it seem as if the film would feature a romance between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore’s characters, it appears that the film’s actual story takes some cues from the real-life story of Mary Kay Letourneau, a disgraced teacher. Was. He had sex with one of his students and married her when he got out of prison.
USA Network adapted this real-life scandal back in 2000 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story, is a cable TV movie starring Penelope Ann Miller as Mary Kay, Omar Anguiano as her underage student/boyfriend Vili Fualaau, and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruhl as Jane Newhall. While of moderate quality typical of its era and network (USA also aired). silk stockings And campus police This time around), the film is interesting to watch because the end result is probably exactly the same fictional movie that Natalie Portman’s character makes in the movie: mostly factual, slightly low-budget, and somewhat cheesy.
All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Streaming for free on Tubi.