Saturday, January 26, 2013

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (1996): Wait Until I'm 18 or Go to the Penitentiary

13-year-old Seductress Martie (Natalie Portman) in Beautiful Girls (1996) 
In this clip from Beautiful Girls (1996), 13-year-old Martie (Natalie Portman) breaks up with Scooter and informs middle-aged Willie (Timothy Hutton), “You’re my new boyfriend Willie." But she warned that they would have to, "Wait five years. I’ll be 18. We can walk through this world together. [Otherwise] You'll go to the penitentiary and I'd be the laughing stock of the Brownies."

You're naive if you think that the idea of a 13-year-old girl propositioning a middle-aged man is far-fetched. What is far-fetched about this scene is that the nymphet is mature and patient enough to advise an older man to wait until she is of legal age (in North America). 

And if you have any doubts about a teen being sexually attracted to an older man, take Elizabeth Taylor as an example. Porter and Prince related in their book Elizabeth Taylor: There Is Nothing Like a Dame that when Elizabeth was fifteen-years-old, she made out with thirty-six-year-old [President] Ronald Reagan. 

She said, “Reagan was treating me like a grown woman, and that thrilled me. We sat on his sofa and I could tell he wanted to get it on but he seemed reluctant to make the first move… [so] I became the aggressor.”

Beautiful Girls (1996) Clip: "Wait five years. I’ll be 18." 

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