You know Something's Gotta Give? The movie with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson? We recently watched it with Rissa. Rissa loves a good romantic comedy.
"EEEEEEEEWWWWW! He's soooooooo old. How can he be dating her?" Early in the film, Jack Nicholson is dating Amanda Peet - who is less than 1/2 his age and plays Diane Keaton's daughter.
Then later... "That's just wrong. She's too old for him!" At this point in the film, Diane Keaton is dating Keanu Reeves - almost 1/2 her age.
"Rissa, there'll come a time when age differences like that won't matter."
"No there won't."
She got freaked out by Steve Martin dating Darryl Hannah in Roxanne - his grey hair made him look older - so she's ageist and greyist. She got freaked out by James Garner dating Sally Field in Murphy's Romance. Can you imagine if I showed her Funny Face?
"Rissa I'm 5 years older than Daddy. I was 28 and he was 23 when we met."
Her eyebrows settle at the bridge of her nose. "I guess that's not so bad."
"Trust me. After you're in your 20s, age isn't such a big deal. I'm not saying that you should be dating someone who's 21 when your 16..."
"Didn't you date someone who was 21 when you were 16?"
"Yes. But you are going to learn from my mistakes. And any 21 year old who goes out with my 16 year old daughter? CREEPER."