According to the 2013 census, nearly 60 percent of heterosexual married couples are within two to three years of each other; a union separated by 15 years, like the one between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, comes up only 1.6 percent of the time, and some of Emma Stone's recent screen romances with men who exceeded her age by 20 years are reflected by a mere one percent of actual couples.
(At first, his character brushes her off by saying, "Maybe in a few years," but a minute later, they're locking lips.
So much for that age difference.) Not long after, Lawrence booked The Hunger Games and vaulted into Hollywood's top echelon, and if it weren't for the teen-targeting sequels to that movie, where she gets to kiss young peers like Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, she'd be exclusively matched with much older men onscreen.
In for the kill: Pop mogul Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman (left) looked more than a little wooden when displaying affection for the cameras at the Elle Style Awards in London this week.
Simon has form on terrible kisses - an appearance (right) with ex-fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy attracted plenty of ridicule on the Jay Leno show in 2010.
But shouldn't we want more for our best young actresses than an onslaught of onscreen age disparities that evoke the notion of a trophy girlfriend?