Jennifer Armstrong
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Kathleen Turner’s Broadway run as Jason Biggs’ seducer in The Graduate launched a trend. Take Aaron Stanford, 25, whose schoolboy lusts after stepmom Sigourney Weaver and beds Bebe Neuwirth in Tadpole. Jake Gyllenhaal, 21, is a boy Lolita in Jennifer Aniston’s The Good Girl and in Lovely & Amazing with Catherine Keener. (Don’t forget rumors about Janet Jackson, 36, and Justin Timberlake, 21.) Why the May-December tete-a-tetes? ”When I’m old, he’ll still be, well, young,” says Weaver, 52, whose hubby, theater director Jim Simpson, is 46. ”I recommend it highly.” And the boys don’t object. ”Younger men these days don’t have an issue with an older woman having power,” explains Older Women, Younger Men coauthor Susan Winter. ”They’re turned on by her experience, her sophistication.” Tadpole’s John Ritter agrees: ”I’m trying to go through all of the Golden Girls. They know so much.”

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