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Would people think differently of this film if the actors weren't so good looking?

Of course it wouldn't be as interesting from a fantasy point of view, but would people have a different opinion of the moral issues or ethical dilemmas raised?

I have a feeling it would and that the taboo elements would be more prominent...

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A reviewer on Rottentomatoes made the same observation; had they been Kathy Bates and Barbara Streisand, would the (female) director have even made the movie?

I haven't seen it, but from the synopsis I'm sure I'd find it a depressing reminder of human nature. We're driven by urges (sex, power, and food). Everything, in its simplest form, boils down to that. In short, these women are middle-aged and wish to reassure themselves that they are sexually attractive. They find willing men, who happen to be each other's sons (ick!), and use them for fantasy fulfillment. It's equally depressing when men do the same, but I guarantee that no filmmaker would touch a movie where two middle-aged men seduce one another's 20-year-old daughters. (Well, Roman Polanski or Woody Allen might make it, but...)

Since they wrap up the story in golden-hued sunsets and roll it out as an arthouse picture, we're supposed to act as though it's somehow "challenging" or about "female empowerment," but in the end it's just ancient, animal nature.

I think you should check it out... it is shot and directed more from the point of view of the women than of the boys and is better than most independent movies...

It's a b-movie (sex fantasy novel) premise with arthouse execution, as you may have gathered from the reviews... But, because the women are so good looking it means something different as we're let off the hook somewhat because it doesn't look repulsive visually and can start to explore other issues... like when the women contemplate whether or not they're robbing their sons of youthful relationships with other girls, how these taboo relationships are contrasted with potential older suiters and their sub-par relationships with more age-appropriate men, etc...

The movie certainly raises more issues than the basic urges... although those are always hovering over every aspect of their relationships and the movie as a whole...

Had a good discussion about this movie with friends after watching it, a lot of different opinions, so it goes beyond just titillation/gross-out...

I wouldn't mind seeing a version with fat middle aged looking women, but it would need a horror/thriller twist, like if there was more creepy psychological manipulation involved from the women! Or maybe a horror/comedy where the older women are possessed by the spirit of younger she-demons! Scary stuff!

I don't think you could play it straight with women who actually look like most middle aged people do... you'd have to have uglier boys too and they'd look less manly and it would weird fast and would overwhelm anything else in the movie...