Try to avoid automatically going into knee-jerk mode.
Naked middle-age women--it's the latest screen trend.
Wait! Don't cover your eyes.
"Diane Keaton looks great!" Star-Telegram movie reviewer Christopher Kelly was saying with amazement last week about 57-year-old Keaton's romp with Jack Nicholson in "Something's Gotta Give." (News flash: It's not uncommon for fiftysomething women to look terrific.)
Last month it was Meg Ryan's sexy silhouette in "In the Cut" that was prompting the Hollywood press to fling exclamation points. Sure, she used to be America's sweetheart but now she's--gasp!!--41!
And next month comes the ultimate old-enough-to-know-better, nekkid-lady movie, the true-life "Calendar Girls," in which some half-dozen actresses, including Helen Mirren and Julie Waters, play backwater British women who doff their brassieres and knickers for a good cause. All that uncovered middle-age flesh won't make audiences cringe a bit--though it will make them smile.
Not a bad article, is Movies reveal naked truth about older, sexy women (registration maybe required, I just can't tell anymore). But the first few paras -- deleted, because I'm like that -- made me expect much worse. Perhaps my expectations were low.
Want to know more? See also The naked truth. Not as good a piece, but has this quote at the end:
"Helen Mirren is still one of the sexiest women on the planet. I don't care if she's 58 years old," says Cole. "She's gorgeous - and you get to see her naked. That's got to be worth something."
This forgives much.