AMANDA PLATELL: Frumpy Emma is a sexual cliché that betrays the liberated women of my generation

When 63-year-old Emma Thompson revealed in her new movie that she would appear naked (full front and unfiltered), I, like many women of her generation, said, “Good for you, a girl. !”I thought.

What a brave and powerful decision by one of our major actresses! Yes, she may sometimes be awake too much with annoying rubies, but here she actually plays it and sexually awakens with Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, a much younger woman. A man who was exposing everything in the story of a frustrated older woman he found.

I couldn’t wait to see it … and now I have — but how disappointed.

The lover chosen by Emma’s character Nancy (though this isn’t her real name) happens to be a high-class escort, played by the very gorgeous Irish actor Daryl McCormack in her twenties.

Nancy (Emma Thompson) and Luxury Escort Leo (Daryl McCormack) Goodluck to You, Leo Grande-The story of a frustrated older woman discovering sexual awakening with a much younger man

I’m not rude, but I draw a line by hiring a male whore — and I don’t know I have one woman in my vintage.

Perhaps not forever, but for fun, why do we do so when there are more young men than willing to obey older women? Again, the fun is past Nancy. She was a 55-year-old retired religious education teacher, and her life was one of her duties and emotional oppression.

Despite her 30 years of marriage and her two children, she has never experienced sexual pleasure, not to mention ecstasy.

For Nancy, physical intimacy involved her in a nightie, and her husband undressed before jumping to her in the couple’s bed, followed by a functional coupling. Of course, missionary posture. Sex was more of a chore than a joy.

So, following the death of her husband, Nancy decides to “see what all the turmoil is” about sex and signs up for the escort website. Then she forked Leo Grande and hundreds of pounds for hours in a room in a two-star hotel in Norwich. It rather made me smile (Alan Partridge shades?).

“What made me most angry about this funny movie was the portrayal of Nancy’s cliché. Nancy is moody anthropomorphic with badly cut, half-dyed hair and outdated outfits. “

Her investment will certainly pay off. She’s been waiting for Orgasm for decades like a bus, so the two come at the same time. And even more.

Nancy will experience oral sex for the first time in her life, which she admits to Leo, has long been her fantasy, but her husband felt it was sneaky. I thought it was an unpleasant and unconvincing scene.

Ultimately, Nancy will try all the sexual positions in the bucket list, including showdowns, G-withs, and wheelbarrows. (Yes, I had to google some of them!)

Indeed, in a very short time, Nancy and Leo seem to be passing through Kama Sutra. All this works, but I wondered how the movie got 15 ratings.

Aside from taunts (their conversations are littered like f ** k confetti) and sizzling but blatant sex, in the final scene Nancy throws away her dressing gown and in front of a full-length mirror. Stroking the body.

The message is that, thanks to Leo, she finally felt beautiful. But that’s certainly not what many parents want to see in their teenagers.

What made me most angry about this funny movie was the portrayal of Nancy’s cliché. Nancy is moody anthropomorphic with her badly cut, half-dyed hair and her outdated outfit.

Nancy looked like a 100% polyester patterned blouse worn over a dull brown skirt suit, brogue, and underwear where no woman was seen dead for her first encounter with Leo. Choose one.

Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson attend "Good luck, Leo Grande" Premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City

Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson will attend the premiere of “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Worse, her endless moans about her miserable life, boring marriage, and unfulfilled career.

It was never a passionate marriage, she confesses to poor Leo (listening to the miserable diatrib and really earning his money).

So I admit one of the few good jokes in the script.

The other is Leo’s reaction to Nancy’s whining about Nancy’s lack of sexual satisfaction. ‘It’s Orgasm, Nancy, not Faberge’s egg. People always have them. “

Nancy hates her body, her sagging breasts, fat legs and middle-aged tummy. She is desperate to see her companion “wrinkle” and disappear in front of her with her age and regret.

“All women over the age of 40 feel invisible and hate their bodies,” Emma Thompson declared in an interview to promote the film.

Well, Emma, ​​I ask you to be different. The 50 depictions of the 21st century have serious flaws.

Nancy represents a breed of female born in the 1930s or 1940s, not the 50s, but the 10 years you and I were born. Those women were usually virgins when they got married, and their husbands were probably the only sexual partners.

According to a survey of you and me, Emma, ​​there were two to four sexual partners, at least before they got married.

And half of our generation’s marriage ends in divorce, and many of us experience life as single middle-aged women.

Therefore, by the time I am in my 60s, I think that the number of lovers for many women is approaching double digits.

Nor do we all look down on our bodies. My girlfriend and I may wish our breasts still had their own personality in our twenties, but we have a “diet, exercise, beauty” “Fine adjustment” etc. are used.

We love fashion and buy sexy lingerie accordingly. It’s not Nancy’s favorite long-line beige bra or thick American tan tights. And certainly not when we are expecting a night of passion. Emma, ​​we still have-and you don’t have to pay for it.

Recently, I shed a little tear when I deposited a wonderful black La Perla Basque that barely fits around my thighs, which I wore in my 50s in the trash can.

But once I was overjoyed to wear it.

A woman like me doesn’t feel miserable and invisible. Many of us are still working well in the jobs we love, even in the 1960s, and we are delighted that the world is increasingly embracing our wisdom. Not all of us are suffering from the postmenopausal midlife crisis. Sometimes only midriffs.

And for the record, Emma, ​​I bought another black Basque, though it’s just a big size. It was certainly cheaper than a male escort.


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