And the icks just keep coming.
Oscar winner Woody Allen has a new movie coming out called A Rainy Day In New York. It's a very Allen-ish movie. Stills already show varied actors and actress in varied trenchcoats. The actresses are all young and ingenue-ish, the actors (with one notable exception) are old and nebbishy (as actors tend to be depicted in Allen films, regardless of their actual level of hotness).
There's also one other obvious Allen-ism. You'll never guess what it is...
Did you guess pedophilia? Then you would be correct! That's right, Allen depicts a "relationship" in the film between a man in his 40s and a 15-year-old girl.
While the movie’s plot has not been divulged yet, one thing is clear, there’s going to be an icky, icky exploration of “love” between a 44-year-old man, played by Jude Law, and a 15-year-old girl, played by Elle Fanning, who, for some reason is referred to as his “concubine.”
Now, the more romantic minded of you might be saying, "but Allen always has May December relationships in his work, it's romantic."
Miss us with that, seriously.
Hard pass on the notion that a teenager can consent to a relationship with an adult nearly twice her age, or worse, that it can be romantic.
There’s a word for adults like that – it’s pedophiles.
Also, as a helpful reminder, Allen has long dodged allegations of pedophilia and sexual assault.
Remember when he left Mia Farrow for her adopted daughter Soon-Yi, with whom he had started a relationship when he and Farrow were still together? Yeah.
He even spoke to NPR about his "romance," and his own words will give you spine-tingling shudders.
“I’m 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked,” Allen told NPR. “I was paternal. She responded to someone who was paternal.”
“She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished. It was just a good luck thing.”
Excuse us while we gag.
There were also the allegations that Allen had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was only 7.
The details are repugnant and damning. Even more so are the actions Allen took afterwards:
He attempted a smear campaign of Mia Farrow, saying she forced Dylan to speak out against him in revenge for his marriage to Soon-Yi.