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Feeling a bit past her prime at 27…

Even in the world of professional athletes that's still a bit young to be feeling "past your prime"!!

EDIT: This is in reference to the trailer description.

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Hahaha! I just came here to comment on that. I can't believe they think 27 is old? Maybe in the nineteenth century, 27 was considered "past your prime" if you weren't married, but this is the 21st century.

Despite the trailer description, it actually looks like a good movie.

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I took it to mean that Reese' character feels past her prime even though she isn't really. Obviously she's still trying to figure out who she is as a person and that's perfectly normal at 27. You know?

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somebody managed to go past the obvious, finally! that's what the drama is all about. she isn't really …, but she feels so.

BTW don't you think if she was a professional swimmer or gymnast she definitely would be past her time at 27? she plays softball and I don't know about that!

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And that bitch is 35 or some *beep*

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Reese is playing a 27 year old? Really? Even Paul Rudd can't play guys in their 20s anymore.

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He is 7 years older than her…how is that comparable?

Also, I think it's perfectly fine for her to be playing a 27 year old, it's a movie and she's only 34.

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She looks older than 27. Still looks great but not 27….

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Does seem strange that the producers obviously felt so under pressure to have the lead characters seen to be young. I wonder how old Owen Wilson is supposed to be? 18?

Would be more believable that she was an athlete beginning to feel "past her prime" if she was playing a character of 32 or 33.

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yeah! im a fan of both of them, i just dont think they look anywhere in their 20s…..im not even buying 29.

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On the outside, I was an honest man. I had to come to prison to be a crookWould be more believable that she was an athlete beginning to feel "past her prime" if she was playing a character of 32 or 33.


NO
because at 32 or 33 she would actually be past her prime..

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didnt they say she was 31 when the coach said she cant run as fast

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in the film they say she's 31

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Actually in the movie description doesn't it say she's 27 but that at the next Olympics she'll be 31? Thus the reason for the coach thinking she'll be too old at that point.

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Yes they said she was 31. This whole thread is irrelevant.

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I concur.
The movie stated that she was 31.
Also,the coach was looking for younger players.
Aside from that,the film made it clear that she is diminishing as a softball player being "0.3 seconds late" in games.

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I think in the beginning they say she's 31?

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She was playing a 31 year old in the movie. Clearly spoken by the coach who chose to cut her. And for female athletes, that might be accurate. You'll never see 31 year old females in gymnastics at the Olympics. Of course, that's far from past your prime in real life. But that's the conundrum for all athletes. They can't compete anymore though they still have a lot of living to do. At least male golfers can take up the senior tour.

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Exactly my reaction. Reese is waaay past 27, by about 7 years. It's one thing when a 21 year old plays a 17 year old, it's another when a mature woman plays younger. Wouldn't this have been more believable if they had just come out and said "past 30" and left it open like that?



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sher was 31 in the movie?

didn't the movie state by the coach that cut her that she was31 and slower getting to first????

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Oh, I don't know. 27 is about the age that single women start getting asked when they'll be getting married and settling down and married women start getting asked when they're going to start having kids.

It's a transitional time.



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^This. My mom didn't get married until 30, and she had relatives saying at 25 that she should get married soon.

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If you're talking about your mother, I'd imagine society was still somewhat primitive about these things back when she was in her mid-20s. I do commend her for seemingly disregarding the pressure and doing what she wanted when she was ready, especially in those days.

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Whoever gets asked that question should simply tell whoever's asking it to shove off. It's that kind of childish pressure that pushes people into feeling prematurely "past their prime" in the first place, and forces them to rush into experiences in unwise fashions just for the sake of having them done. People live longer and have more options in life now, and age-oriented social expectations are stupidly outmoded. This is a day and age where people tend to do their own thing–morons who can't see that need to wake up.

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I thought her prime was her athletic prime? Regardless, I have relatives who got married between 18-22 and really hassled me for going to college instead of spending my "prime" finding a man (I am 24, btw). So it is relative when a woman is going to be asked when she is getting married.

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Hey there, I'm 55 but I'm sure I could pass for 48, or even younger if I color my hair and lose 50 pounds.

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Owen Wilson's pretty small to be a pro baseball player as well. hehe! … He could barely pick her up at the beginning of the trailer. I love how they used his real handwriting for the note though.

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Well, I am turning 21 in a month, and I feel like I'm having a quarter-life crisis! Or a fifth-of-my-life-crisis (depending on how long I live!)I think it's understandable for a woman pushing thirty to feel like she's "past her prime" (even though 27 is in no way old).

Also…Yeah, why is Reese Witherspoon playing a 27 year old? She's what, 35? And she looks it.

I get the feeling you're violating somebody's basic human rights here…

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It's a mistake. She's 31 in the movie.

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I'm not sure if my initial post was misunderstood by anyone but I was definitely not making out that it's unrealistic for Reese Witherspoon to be playing a character aged 27. Just that it's a little early even in athlete terms to be feeling "past her prime".

As someone rightly pointed out though, that is not the reality and just how she feels. I agree to some extent if they'd made her character 32 or 33 then I guess she would be getting on in athlete terms - although there are those people who go on to deliver their best well into their 30's.

Someone mentioned the pressure that's often placed on women to get married from 25 onward. I would add that men suffer from this pressure too. I am often reminded by family and friends of family that at almost 29 I should be looking to settle down as soon as possible while all around me friends are getting married and ladyfriends popping out babies. I feel the pressure, but I'm in no hurry.

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How old was Sandra Bullock supposed to be (35?) when she was in that movie with Ryan Reynolds? And she is 46. That is closeer to 50 than 35.

And she looked good but older than him. Was it understood that her character was robbing the cradle or what?

As for Reese, she still has 10 years of being able to do younger.
They do so much during filming to make them look better.

But with HD it is getting dicey.

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I don't think they made reference to her age or Ryan's in that movie. They might have just thought she looks good for her age so the audience will just assume she is slightly older than him, but not too much!

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Tell those pressuring you to mind their own business, and remind them what year it is. :)
Why should a man in his 20s be in a rush to be married anyway? I agree that there is pressure on men, but I don't get it. Seeing as men don't have fertility issues to contend with (and that they're considered slower to mature), I see no serious purpose for marriage being so urgent before around 35. Even 50+ years ago so it wasn't too uncommon for men finish out their 20s as bachelors.

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Seeing as men don't have fertility issues to contend with


Huge myth! Men account for 2/3 of the fertility issues for couples seeking IFV treatment. Sperm decreases drastically every decade after 40 (granted, not like how egg count decreases for women). In addition, male sperm after 40 carries a huge risk of congenital risks such as autism and schizophrenia. It has been estimated that 30-50% of men at 50+ are sterile and that number jumps to 60-75% by 60+. Sure, we all know the new dad at 80, but those are the exception not the rule. Men might have a 10-15 year edge on women in terms of when they can settle down and have kids, but nature has its own brand of cruelty for them in the end. We just don't talk about it as much as female fertility.

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Anyone who is worrying about being old in their 20s is just asking for depression; a silly and dangerous rationale.


Absolutely, theyre practically pursuing misery. It's pretty much deciding you experience life in two stages: A "kid" (first 19-21ish years), and "old"/past your prime (50-70ish years or MOST of life). C'mon? Your youth is supposed to PREPARE you for your life, not BE your life.

I too used to worry adulthood would feel "old", and am sometimes still a little bothered by my age. If it wasn't for constant reminders of ageism/young adult-worship in society, I probably wouldn't think about my age often. Society is a fu**ed up place full of unjust pressure to compete in the big rat race of adult life. Live life for yourself rather than to "fit in", and aging is less of a problem.

I'm not 19, sure, but life does not END because of that. I'm not overaccomplished and I'm still learning and experiencing…I feel young. Some 19 year-olds actually seem more worn out than me. Others who are my age seem "old" and unrelatable, because they've had families and have fit an unnecessary amount of crap into their lives. YOU decide when your prime is through your life choices.

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It is weird that Wilson is 41 playing an athlete, but Reese's character is so past her prime at 27. How old is Wilson suppose to be?

And BTW-Owen Wilson does not look like a professional athlete.

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Meh, this is an old thread, but she looks very good for her age. Actors are always cast in roles, playing characters younger than their actual ages. I'm not even going to start listing them since there are so many.

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I felt the same way! I agree with other posters that 27 was old a generation ago. I am 25 my boyfriend is 27 and we are still living like college kids. Oh wait I am still in college. 37 seems more plausible but in this day and age and the economy, I know alot of people who had to move back home with their parents.

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WTF. THAT'S SO *beep* RETARDED. 27 is past your prime…AND they mid-thirtees actress play the part? Jeez. Tards. Nothing against Reese, though.

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being a professional softball player myself, trust me, not many of us make it past the 27 year old mark. dont get me wrong, 27 is pretty young in the baseball world, and most pro baseball players are just getting started around 25. although closely related to baseball, as far as the professional world goes, it is waaaay different. just thought that i would throw in my two cents about it!


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If I remember the beginning of the movie correctly, she is actually 31 in the movie. I could be wrong, but I feel like I distinctly heard them say that she's 31 when the softball brass is discussing keeping her on the team.

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In the script she's 27, in the film 31, they read our thread here and changed it~

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yeah they said she was 31 in the film

and don't they mean past her prime in the sense of sports?

PS Paul Rudd is cute! xD

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In the movie she is 31. I just saw it yesterday
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