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Ken Houghton

I am--well, will be, if I make it to the cinema before it closes--as happy as anyone to see Jim (Ballard) end up with Princess/Ella.

But I admit being happier when The Joker ended up with Annie Hall than when he started the film with...well, whoever it was. (Yes, I could look it up, but whether it's One of the Chicks from that Legal Show or The Bad Girl in Sex Lies and Videotape really doesn't matter.)

I suspect Bill Nighy (62) would be fun in bed, even for Emily Blunt (28), but while Wild Target has been in my Netflix queue for months, I've never been able to convince myself to see it. (Ewan McGregor [41] at least "has a huge talent," as viewers of Velvet Goldmine know.)

Perhaps it's just that it's no secret I would leave my wife (age not listed at IMDB) for Jenny Diski (65; age not listed at IMDB), but what is conspicuously missing from your list are roles for older actresses. Apparently, sex films between aged men and young women are fine, but we're still in the mode where we have to pretend Dustin Hoffman (26 at the time) is Severely Younger than Anne Bancroft (30 at the time).

Unless they, like Barbra, are playing The Mother, in which case an age difference only slightly more severe than Nighy-Blunt (Rogen is 30) is acceptable.

Fran in NYC

I saw Hope Springs and enjoyed it very much and it wasn't because I felt whatever Boomer ego I have was being massaged. It's a movie about a very specific marriage of 2 very specific people. I highly recommend it as a good movie on any level.

The story covers some very pointed aspects about a long taken-for-granted marrige that I can understand moviegoers not seeing as entertainment and not willing to spend time & money on. So they will miss 3 excellent performances and a few well-presented perceptions about human nature. And lovely scenery in Maine.

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