For those of you sick of all the usual formulaic rom-com movies, I give you: Two Mothers. It's a drama about two women who fall in love with each other's teenage sons. Did you catch that? Mom 1 falls in love with Mom 2's son, and Mom 2 falls in love with Mom 1's son. It's hard to wrap your head around this premise because Dear God What the Hell?!?
Yes. The film is based on a Doris Lessing story called The Grandmothers, about two best friends who carry on passionate affairs with each other's sons, from the boys' teens into their early 30s. The film stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, so it's not hard to imagine how much-younger men would fall in love with them. But still -- how do we feel about moms having affairs with teenaged boys?
I don't know how closely the film will follow the story -- there's not a whole lot of information about the film out there at this point (it premieres at Sundance in January). So I don't know if they're going to show these romances starting while the boys are teens (as in the story). But they probably will, and if they do -- wow, I have to admit, that makes me squirm. I mean, let's peel back the layers of UNCOMFORTABLE here.
1. We've seen the ol' "Dude, your mom is hot!" line. But we've never seen the "Son, your friend is hot!" line play out. Your best friend's mom is never supposed to reciprocate! That's not what "good" moms do.
2. Middle-aged moms being sexual? For the record, I'm all for this. You go, no-longer-a-girl! And we've seen plenty of MILFs and "cougars" -- but it's still treated as a novelty (a laughable one, poor Demi Moore). Meanwhile, old men hit on much younger girls all the time like it ain't no thing.
3. Mothers especially are supposed to protect children, not exploit them. That's what we expect, anyway.
4. If a mom is into her teenage son's friend, does that somehow imply that maybe she's secretly into her own son as well? OMG, incest taboo, scary! Etc.
5. These mothers are lifelong friends who watched each other change these boys' diapers. So we'll have to wonder at what point they started seeing the boys in a sexual way. And that's creepy. Does that make them pedophiles?
6. Wouldn't it feel like a betrayal if your mom became lovers with your best friend? Even after you were an adult? That would feel kind of like a violation of some sort, don't you think?
7. Our culture has long depended primarily on mothers to uphold the standards of morality. (Unfairly, IMHO.) So if those standards break down with these two moms, what happens to our moral compass?
At any rate, I think The Mothers will get people talking about motherhood in a fresh way. And that's never a bad thing.
Would you see this movie or does the idea sound too dangerous to you?
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