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I must say that as a mother of a teenage girl who will soon be in college I was more than a bit scandalized by the whole concept of an admissions counselor in his mid 30s preying upon a 19 year old sophomore, even if they do seem to be "made for each other" (or as my daughter would say, MFEO). It's not that there's anything wrong with an age gap of 16 years, but come on, the girl is still basically a girl with the body of a woman! If she were 34 and he was 50, fine, I wouldn't care. But the fact that the guy who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie thinks it's okay for a 19 year old to be seduced by a 35 year old makes me wonder what college will be like for my kids. I remember being in college and having crushes on teachers, but I would never actually do anything about them. I also know a lot of professors that ended up marrying classmates of mine once they graduated college. Ah, but that's a different story.
I have a feeling that people's reactions to this movie will be based on two things: what their age is, and what their gender is.I think guys will think it's totally fine to date someone who is way out of their age range while girls will think it's a bit scandalous to like a guy who was 19 when they were three! You do see a lot of older guys with younger women these days, and even vice versa, but the genders do seem to have a specific reaction when thinking about this scenario. The guy in this story is charming, I'll give him that. He's definitely not some middle aged pervy douche, but I didn't believe that he was really interested in the 19 year old girl beyond the fact that she was different from all the girls he meets while working at his university. The one thing that I really took away from this movie was that the education system is really just a business and most of the relationships between people are portrayed as transactions. Call me a cynic, but that's what seems to be par for the course.
Um, yeah . . . ahem ahem. Not entirely sure what to say or how to react to this movie, but let me just say that it will make you feel quite uncomfortable if you've ever been to college or had a crush on someone who was probably not in an range considered respectable for you (and let's just assume that you do care what other people think). This movie is about a guy in his mid 30s who works as a college admissions officer who after years of meeting young douche bag after young douche bag, finally meets a girl who is, well, different. She has a certain joie de vive that no other girl on campus (or the world) seems to possess which is what sinks him in hook, line, and sinker. They end up becoming a couple, though he is 16 years her senior. That brings in a whole lot of issues about why he's attracted to her in the first place (we're just supposed to assume that she likes him because she's a 19 year old girl). This movie seems to be more of a love letter for the firsts of a college experience than to a romance between actual people, so I can kind of stomach it a bit better. I don't mind huge age differences, but this one seemed to be about more than what it said it was about. I also loved Olsen's performance. She is a superior actress.
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