Welcome to This Week in GOOP, where entire books are devoted to the wrongness of Gwyneth Paltrow.
With Mother's Day fast approaching, this week was all about moms – so GOOP interviewed Helen Hunt, who wrote, directed, and stars in Ride, a new movie about an overbearing mom. I mention this primarily because I want to point out that in the film (which looks pretty good, by the way), Hunt's romantic interest is played by Luke Wilson, who's eight years her junior. Gasp!
This is a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood formula of casting a woman and then getting a dude her father's age to play her boyfriend – or of casting women to play mothers when their movie “children" are just a few years younger than they are. To wit: Sally Field is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks (her son in Forrest Gump), and Laura Dern is a mere nine years older than Reese Witherspoon (her daughter in Wild).
Either those were some seriously hillbilly-young mamas or casting directors need to adjust their perceptions.
Okay! Now that we've solved gender inequity in film, let's get to the Mother's Day Gift Guide.
After paying the usual lip-service to “no really, it's the thought that counts" (haha, how droll) we jump right into the merch. For example, what mom wouldn't enjoy flowers ($40-$70), a fragrant candle ($40) or some soothing tea ($5/box)?