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Inevitably there are loads of reviews of the new Indiana Jones movie doing the rounds at the moment (IMDB link here, may contain spoilers) – and many of them seem intent on slamming it for its over-reliance on CGI effects and implausible storyline. And there was me thinking those things were prerequisites for Hollywood blockbusters…

What I am interested in is the number of comments to the effect of how great Harrison Ford looks for his age (65). I’m all in favour of mature actors still finding gainful employment in their sixties – for example de Niro and Pacino. But I just can’t bring to mind any female actors in their sixties who are still playing leading roles.

Ageism? Sexism? Maybe both. It’s almost as if it’s okay for the old guys to relive their glory days, they’re obviously still young guns at heart, yay them for being up for it, ra ra ra – but if you’re a female actor, even over 40 (and that’s pushing it), you have nothing left to offer?

Eye candy, anyone?…

(Cross-posted at bird of paradox)