So Melanie Smooter was 25 in Sweet Home Alabama?

When you’re growing up, sometimes you think about how old you’ll be when you get married, when you have kids, when you really hit the sweet success of your career.

It wasn’t until the other day, when my best friend and I were having some wine and watching whatever was on TV, when we realized how Hollywood perpetuates that age. That so unrealistic age.

For example:

  • Sweet Home Alabama – First and foremost, fantastic movie. Hands-down. But if you do the math, you realize that Melanie and Jake have been married for seven years, straight out of high school. That puts her at about 25ish. A 25ish year old who is the head of a major fashion label. In New York City. REALLY?


Next example:

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (this happened to come on FX right after the aforementioned movie) – In the movie, when Sarah finds out her TV show has just been cancelled, she starts lamenting about nearing the age of 30. She is a successful famous sitcom actress vacationing at a Hawaiian resort and worrying about the end of her career. REALLY?


DISCLAIMER: I am not a famous actress or fashion designer. I have not been married for seven years. In fact, I have never married at all.

Am I just sensitive to the age of those portrayed in Hollywood? Bitter at how these fictional characters become so widely successful at such young ages?

To try to prove my own point, I figured Kristen Bell was much older than the character she was playing in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Googled it. But no, she was playing a 28 year-old as a 28 year-old. Ugh.