People have been left shocked after finding out how forty-five-year-olds used to be portrayed in the media. Thankfully times have changed, and we’re so glad they have.
It’s strange to think that only a couple of decades ago, any age over twenty-five was considered ‘old’ when it came to cinema, at least that’s the idea you get when rewatching some of our favourite ‘90s classics.
Whether it’s the fact that the majority of young people had settled down and started a family by that age back then, or whether Hollywood just had a warped sense of age, it’s interesting to see how these things have changed over the years. And how, as a result, it affects society.
Director Jessica Ellis recently started a discussion on the issue after posting a tweet about the hit 1995 comedy Father of the Bride Part II.
She shared a screenshot of Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in character, along with the caption: “An unbelievable thing that has changed in 30 years is that in 1995, this was supposed to be what 45-year-olds looked like.”
Adding: “This photograph also explains why Millennials live with a sneaking suspicion we have never gotten our s*** together.”
Ellis went on to explain her post a little deeper after receiving comments from “several men” who were “insisting that they are in their 50s.” She added: “the AUDACITY of arguing with a female screenwriter about a Nancy Meyers movie *she currently is watching* is something.”
According to Ellis, it seems that it all comes down to how the producers wanted them to be styled in the movie.
“People are being willfully annoying so to clarify:
“1. The CHARACTERS are in their mid-40s, this is repeatedly established across both films
“2. It’s not Steve’s hair, it is the STYLING. The “ideal” was to be a person in old lady twinsets and pearls *by your 40s*”
Since her post came out, it has been liked over 88,000 times, mostly by other film fans sharing their thoughts on the portrayal of the characters…
One person tried to back up the decision, writing: “I knew many women, in their 20s & 30s, who dressed like that in the 80s & 90s. It was a thing.”
Insiders digital culture editor, Sirena Bergman also chimed in, tweeting: “There’s definitely something super weird about how tv and movies portrayed anyone older than 25 in the 90s which has absolutely f***** with my ability to gauge what certain ages typically look/feel/behave like.”
A third added: “People do look lots younger these days due to sunscreen, retinol etc but also just the way people dress. Watching old BBC clips is fun because there’ll be some elderly-looking woman in floral doily style but look closer and she’s about 50. If it were now, she’d be in active[wear].”
However, some did disagree with Ellis, with another commenting: “Sorry, but I was 38 in 1995 and this is simply not true. People in their 40s dressed perfectly normally, in jeans and t-shirts unless they were at work.”