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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM

The Hollywood Wife Rule

Last night, at a screening of the disappointing comedy “Due Date,” I was reminded of a movie cliche that you can set your watch by (to use another cliche): the Hollywood Wife Rule; namely, that when a movie stars a married couple, the wife must be played by an actress at least a decade younger than the actor playing the husband. This is often true even when, as in “Due Date,” the screenplay spells out that the husband and wife are the same age — we’re told, in that movie, that the characters played by Robert Downey Jr. (who’s 45), Jamie Foxx (43) and Michelle Monaghan (34, and looks younger) all went to college together and hung out “twenty years ago”? Really? When she was in ninth grade?

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