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1[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Straight Examples]]²* ''Film/SeventeenAgain'' stars a 23-year-old Creator/MichelleTrachtenberg as the main character's 17-year-old daughter.²* ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' -- protagonist Chris is supposed to be 17, but her actress, Creator/ElisabethShue, was 24; ironically, at one point she tells Brad that she can't date him because he's a "kid," while his actor, Keith Coogan, was an ''actual'' 17-year-old. Chris' friend was played by Penelope Ann Miller, 23, while her boyfriend was Bradley Whitford, 28.²* Most live-action adaptations of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' have this problem. The titular role is usually played by a woman at least in her late teens. Alice is supposed to be ''seven''. The youngest actress was at least twelve.²** ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' plays with the subsequent expectation on the part of the audience, leading us to believe at first that this is just another "adult playing Alice" film only to reveal after she tumbles down the rabbit hole that this is a ''sequel'' and the Alice of the story is about to turn 19.²** Funnily enough, the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon [[Disney/AliceInWonderland version]] used a child voice actress (12-year-old Kathryn Beaumont) even though animation provides the perfect excuse for using an adult. Beaumont was also the physical model for the character, so Alice ended up being drawn looking like she was about eleven or twelve rather than seven. Played straight decades later when Beaumont, in her ''[[UpToEleven sixties]]'' by this time, voiced Alice in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.²* InUniverse in ''Film/AllAboutEve''. Margo Channing (Creator/BetteDavis) is a 40-year-old actress playing a 24-year-old character in a stage play, and she is insecure about it.²* A little-known flick, ''Ally Farson'', from 1999 was about a 20-something film student who goes on a killing spree. The movie, like ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'', hyped itself as footage from a real incident, however Ally is played by a woman who is clearly in her 40s or even 50s.²* ''Aloha Summer'' is a 1988 comedy-drama film about a group of teenagers and their experiences one summer in Hawaii. The film stars Tia Carrere (21), Chris Makepeace (24), Don Michael Paul (25), and Yuji Okumoto (29).²* Two out of three movies in the original trinity based on the Amy Fisher / Long Island Lolita scandal... Noelle Parker (''Amy Fisher: My Story'') and Main/AlyssaMilano (''Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story''), both in their 20s, as teenaged Amy Fisher. The third being 17-year-old Creator/DrewBarrymore in (''The Amy Fisher Story.'')²* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'': The two lead characters who are referred to as "boys" and appear to be college kids in their early twenties were played by 30-year-old David Naughton and 26-year-old Griffin Dunne.²* In the crime drama ''Another Day in Paradise'', 27-year-old Natasha Gregson Wagner plays a teenage runaway. However, her fellow teenage runaway boyfriend is played by 18-year-old Vincent Kartheiser, who [[{{OlderThanTheyLook}} looked young for his age]] to the point that he had to show the director his driver's license to prove he was 18. This makes the characters' relationship kind of... odd, especially since they have multiple sex scenes.²* ''Film/AnotherEarth'' starts off with 17-year-old Rhoda Williams, and then skips forwards to 4 years later, when Rhoda is 21. Rhoda is played by 29-year-old Creator/BritMarling.²* ''Film/AttackOfTheEyeCreatures''. John Ashley was 30 when he played high school student Stan Kenyon.²* This is the case with some of the films from the ''Literature/AmericanGirl'' series. The actresses playing the roles are a few years older than the protagonists they depict, although this is less of an issue when Creator/AbigailBreslin was cast as [[Film/KitKittredgeAnAmericanGirl Kit Kittredge]], as she was 10 by the time the film was produced. Creator/ShaileneWoodley was 13 when she played as Felicity, and it's an even more extreme case with Canadian actress Erin Pitt portraying the 2014 Girl of the Year Isabelle Palmer.²* ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' has 25-year-old Creator/RichardDreyfuss, 27-year-old Paul Le Mat, 25-year-old Cindy Williams and 25-year-old Candy Clark as teenagers that are finishing high school and about to head off to college. 19-year-olds Creator/RonHoward and Charles Martin Smith aren't that bad though. ²* Mostly averted in ''Film/AmericanPie'', where most of the kids aren't too far removed from high school age. Notable exceptions are 25-year-olds Creator/AlysonHanigan and Creator/ShannonElizabeth, and 23-year-olds Tara Reid and Seann William Scott. ²* In ''Film/TheAviator'', Music/GwenStefani plays Creator/JeanHarlow, who was 19 at the time the film shows her; Gwen was 34 during filming, eight years older than Jean when she passed away.²* 21-year-old Georgina Cates lied about her age and pretended to be a teenager in order to play a 16-year-old in the film ''An Awfully Big Adventure''. It worked -- the cast, crew and director fell for it. Possibly also a subversion, because when Cates first auditioned and gave them her real name and age, she was told she was too old for the role.²* ''The Babe Ruth Story'', 42-year-old William Bendix (and he looked every day of it) plays the Babe starting at age 18.²** Likewise, 39-year-old Creator/JohnGoodman plays Babe Ruth from late teens to baseball retirement in the 1992 biopic ''The Babe''. ²* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':²** Creator/MichaelJFox plays 17-year-old Marty [=McFly=] into his late twenties, having done the first film when he was twenty-three. He also played himself at 47. In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', at 28, he played Marty's 17 year old son and similarly aged daughter in the future.²** Creator/LeaThompson, who plays Lorraine, is just nine ''days'' older than Fox. Creator/ThomasFWilson, who plays Biff, a contemporary of Marty's parents, is just two years older than Fox, while Creator/CrispinGlover, who plays George [=McFly=], is three years ''younger'' than Fox. All three actors invert the trope in 1985 scenes, where they are playing the characters as they are in their late 40s. But this is justified because the actors also have to play high school age versions of their characters in 1955, whereas in 1985, where Marty originates and when George, Lorraine, and Biff are at the ages Marty knows them as, the actors wear makeup to make them look middle-aged. Though it's also played straight in 1955, with Thompson being 23 and playing a 17 year old Lorraine, Wilson being 25 and playing an 18 year old Biff, and Glover being 20 and playing a 17 year old George. For ''Part II'', 28 year old Thompson was 17 year old Lorraine and nearly 30 year old Wilson was 18 year old Biff (he also played Biff's 19 year old grandson Griff in the 2015 section), while Glover was replaced with 30 year old Jeffrey Weissman as 17 year old George.²** Then there's an inversion with the 46 year old Creator/ChristopherLloyd playing Doc Brown, who is in his seventies. This example necessitated that for ''Part II'', it be explained that Doc went to a rejuvenation clinic that added 30 years to his life so that Lloyd, now aged 50, wouldn't need to wear old-age makeup, as he's predominantly playing the 1985 Doc in the sequels, as opposed to the first film, where he predominantly played the 1955 Doc, who was closer to Lloyd's actual age, being in his forties. [[TooMuchInformation They also replaced his spleen and colon]].²* In [[ one of the funniest scenes]] in ''Film/BadBoysII'', young Reggie shows up at Marcus' door to take his daughter out on a date. He is taller than either Creator/WillSmith or Creator/MartinLawrence, with a deeper voice too!²-->'''Reggie:''' I'm here to take out Megan\²'''Marcus:''' How old are you?\²'''Reggie:''' I'm fifteen, Mr. Burnett.\²'''Marcus:''' Motherfucka, you look thirty! Show me some ID.²* The Burton/Schumacher ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films have quite a bit of this.²** There's Creator/MichaelKeaton, who was 38 when he first started portraying Bruce Wayne/Batman -- even though, according to the comics, Wayne was only in his mid-twenties when he first became Batman.²** And 52-year-old Creator/JackNicholson as Jack Napier (ComicBook/TheJoker) -- when, in the script, Napier is said to be still in his thirties.²** Creator/DannyDeVito was in his late forties at the time of the filming of ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin is explicitly said to be ''33 years old''. And with the makeup, [=DeVito=] looks ''even older''. Then again, living in the sewer for years won't leave you looking like a fresh spring chicken...²* Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. Both were born in the early 1940s, and both starred in a series of Beach Movies in the mid 1960s with [[ExcusePlot vague plots]] about how "school is out, so let's go to the beach."²* Creator/MickeyRooney, born in 1920, 5' 2" with chipmunk cheeks, based his whole adult career around playing teens, until he was almost 50 years old. He went from explicitly underaged characters, and then transitioned into young adult roles by playing characters with no expressed age, but who were still ambiguously young. For example, his character "Peachy Keane" in the 1965 beach party film ''Film/HowToStuffAWildBikini''. This image of youth was helped along by the fact that he was a perpetual newlywed in real life.²* Fabiano Anthony Forte often played a restless teenager with a penchant for singing.²* ''Film/{{Beaches}}'' -- Hillary and C.C. meet as 11-year-olds in 1958 and write letters until they reunite as adults. The reunion, Hillary has graduated from college to become a lawyer, dresses as a hippie, and the various vehicles place the timeline circa 1970, in their early 20s. Adult Hillary and C.C. are played by 40-something Creator/BarbaraHershey and Creator/BetteMidler.²* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'': Creator/RussellCrowe was in his late 30s while playing the main character. The movie begins as he enters Princeton University, which the real John Nash did when he was 20 years old.²* In the Music/{{Liberace}} {{biopic}} ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'', which takes place during the final decade of the showman's life, 42-year-old Creator/MattDamon plays Liberace's lover, Scott Thorson, who was in his late twenties when Liberace died.²* Parminder Nagra was 26 when she played 18-year-old Jess in ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''.²* The Creator/NicholasSparks movie ''The Best of Me'' features a prime example of this trope gone wrong. Twenty-five-year-old Luke Bracey plays a teenaged flashback version of the male lead character--named '''''Dawson''''', who is played by Creator/JamesMarsden in the present day. Unfortunately, Bracey looks every one of those 25 years and [[WTHCastingAgency bears little resemblance to Marsden]]. A review of the film published by ABC News called this particular choice a "cinematic disaster" and "[[MedalOfDishonor one of the worst pieces of casting I've ever seen.]]" The actress playing the teenaged version of the female lead is also an example of this, but not as bad, being 19 to her character's 17.²* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/BetterOffDead'' when Charles de Mar (played by then-32-year-old Curtis Armstrong) says, "I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years! I'm no dummy!"²* ''A Bigger Splash'' plays this twice, with the 26-year old Creator/DakotaJohnson playing 22-year old Penelope, who at the end of the film is revealed to actually be ''17''.²* In ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', the eponymous high schoolers were both played by actors in their twenties.²* The 1996 film version of ''Film/TheBirdcage'' features ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' star Calista Flockhart playing an 18-year-old. She was 31 at the time of filming. Dan Futterman, who plays her (20-year-old) fiance, was about 28.²* ''Film/BlackboardJungle'' from 1955 may be the UrExample, with Creator/SidneyPoitier (28 at the time), Vic Morrow (28), and Paul Mazursky (25) playing thuggish high school students. Jamie Farr (21), who played the mentally-challenged, perpetually smiling Santini, and Rafael Campos (19), who played the diminutive, wisecracking Morales, were probably closest to high school age. Made even more ironic by the fact this film is credited with launching teen-favored rock and roll music into the mainstream (even though the man who recorded the title song, "Rock Around the Clock," Bill Haley, was actually a little older than Poitier and Morrow).²* In ''Film/TheBlob1958'', high-schooler Steve Andrews is played by 28-year-old Creator/SteveMcQueenActor in his first starring role.²* Creator/DanielleHarris is a 32-year-old teen in ''Film/BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet''.²* ''Film/{{Blow}}'': Creator/RayLiotta and Rachael Griffiths played Creator/JohnnyDepp's character's parents. Depp is older than Griffiths and only slightly younger than Liotta.²* ''Film/BoogieNights:'' 26-year-old Creator/MarkWahlberg and 27-year-old Creator/HeatherGraham start off the film as teens, one stating his age explicitly as 17, the other shown dropping out of high school.²* Christine Taylor (Marcia), Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan), and Creator/ChristopherDanielBarnes (Greg) were all in their twenties when cast in the mid-90s [[Film/TheBradyBunch Brady Bunch movies]]. Interestingly, Cox is actually ''older'' than Taylor in real life, despite playing her younger sister.²** Their classmates, such as Jack Noseworthy, Alanna Ubach, R.D. Robb, Shane Conrad, are all in their 20s. ²* ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' has 22-year-old Creator/CubaGoodingJr and 21-year-old Creator/MorrisChestnut portraying 17-year-olds Tre and Ricky, respectively, while Music/IceCube, also 21-years-old, portrays the 18-year-old Doughboy.²* Most of the actors in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' were out of high school, with only 2 actually being under 18.²* In ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto'', Creator/CillianMurphy plays Kitten both as an adult and as a teenager, and makes a pretty good teenager for an actor in his early 30s. Of course, playing a 16-year-old is much easier than playing a drag queen.²* ''Film/BreakingAway'': The four lead characters are supposed to be 19. Creator/JackieEarleHaley was 17 at the time, then there's Creator/DennisQuaid (25), Dennis Christopher (24), and Creator/DanielStern (22).²* In ''Film/{{Brick}}'', Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, Nora Zehetner, Creator/EmilieDeRavin, and Creator/MeaganGood were twenty-two years old during production, playing high school students, and Brian J. White was twenty-eight.²* ''Film/BringItOn'' -- Some of the actors are in their 20s, most notably Gabrielle Union (age 28) during the first one, and Christina Milian (age 28) during ''Fight to the Finish''. Though the trope was averted with Creator/KirstenDunst (age 18) and Creator/ElizaDushku (age 19) in the first film, Creator/HaydenPanettiere (age 16) in ''All Or Nothing'' and AshleyBenson (age 18) in ''In It To Win It''.²* In the film version of Creator/AstridLindgren's ''Literature/TheBrothersLionheart'' 12-year-old Jonatan was played by Staffan Götestam who was 26 at the time. However the character was aged up intentionally as it seemed a bit improbable on film that a 12-year-old would be entrusted with such a degree of leadership in a LaResistance group.²* ''The Buddy Holly Story'': Creator/GaryBusey was 35 when he played Holly, who died at the age of 22.²* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' 23-year-old Creator/KristySwanson as Buffy, and 27-year-old Creator/LukePerry as her high school boyfriend.²** Swanson later played a teenager (or at least an early twentysomething) in her early 30s in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar''.²* In ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'', teenage Momoko is portrayed by 25-year-old Emily Kaiho, who sort of pulls it off by being fresh-faced and [[TeensAreShort petite]]. Much is made of how Yoshi is the youngest of the protagonists, and inexperienced and hot-headed as a result. Creator/{{Gackt}} meanwhile is pushing forty (but looks twenty years younger).²* ''The Burning Bed'' covers a specific period in Francine Hughes's life from age 15 to age 29. You would think that they would cast someone around the age of 22, someone halfway between 15 and 29. Instead, they cast 37-year-old Farrah Fawcett.²** Likewise, you also have 39-year-old Paul Le Mat (see ''American Graffiti'') playing Francine's abusive husband Mickey from his time as an 18-year-old high school dropout to his death at the age of 32.²* ''Film/CallMeByYourName'' is an adult example. The film is a love story between a 17-year-old and a 24-year old, and while Timothee Chalomet was 20 during filming, he at least looks like a teenager in the film. Armie Hammer, meanwhile, was 30 and ''looks'' 30, making the age difference seem uncomfortably larger than intended (not helped by the fact that the 6'5 Hammer towers over his costar).²* Candy in ''The Candy Snatchers'' is 16 years old and played by 21-year-old Susan Stennett. ²* ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'':²** In [[Film/Carrie1976 the 1976 version]], the eponymous 16-year-old protagonist was portrayed by a 26-year-old Creator/SissySpacek. She was the same age as P.J. Soles, who played Norma Watson. This was true for most of the teenagers, who were, oddly enough, only a few years younger than 29-year-old Betty Buckley, the actor playing Miss Collins.²** The sequel, ''Film/TheRageCarrie2'', features various people in their 20s, most notably 24-year-old Emily Berg in the leading role, 27-year-old Jason London as her boyfriend, and 27-year-old Dylan Bruno as his friend. ²** Creator/AngelaBettis was 29 when she portrayed Carrie in [[Film/{{Carrie 2002}} the 2002 version]], with 26-year-old Tobias Mehler as her balding prom date with forehead wrinkles. ²** The 2013 version inverts this with the casting of Carrie; Creator/ChloeMoretz was 15 years old during filming, playing a high school senior who would've been 17 or 18. But then it plays it straight with 23-year-old Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell and 24-year-olds Portia Doubleday and Alex Russell as Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan. Then there are those who don't have their birthdays listed on Website/IMDb (absence of a D.O.B. usually equals a much older actor who is relying on this trope for employment). The contrast between a girl in her mid-teens compared to adults in their mid-twenties highlights this trope.²* The ''Film/CarryOn'' film ''Film/CarryOnCamping'' featured a school girl played by the 32-year-old Creator/BarbaraWindsor.²* In ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', 27-year-old Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio plays real life former con artist Frank Abagnale from age 15 to his mid twenties. [[YoungerThanTheyLook However, Abagnale did look much older than his age during that time,]] [[JustifiedTrope which helped him get away with his various cons.]]²* In ''Film/CatchThatKid'', Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, and Creator/KristenStewart play 12-year-old kids who rob a bank. At the time, the actors were 15, 16, and 14, respectively.²* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' features a flashback montage at the beginning with Charlie's voiceover, "Once upon a time there were three very different little girls…" They then show three adults dressed as girls up to high school age. In the sequel, three years later, they do it again with 28-year-old Creator/DrewBarrymore, 31-year-old Creator/CameronDiaz, and 35-year-old Creator/LucyLiu. Apparently, this is humorous.²* In ''Film/{{Cherrybomb}}'', the three 16-year-old protagonists are played by Kimberley Nixon (who was 22 at the time), Creator/RupertGrint and Creator/RobertSheehan (both of whom were 20). It generally gives the audience a bit of a jolt when Sheehan's character confirms how old they are towards the end of the movie, firstly because the cast are blatantly older than this, and secondly because we've just watched said character engage in a sex-and-drugs orgy and [[spoiler: violently murder someone.]]²* ''Film/ChildsPlay'':²** Christine Elise was 25 in ''Film/ChildsPlay2''.²** Creator/KatherineHeigl's friends in ''Film/BrideOfChucky'', in their late 20s.²* Sally Ann Howes was in her mid-30s when she played the 20-something Truly Scrumptious in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Years later, she would describe herself as having been "the world's oldest virgin".²* ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' follows three Seattle high school seniors who form a bond after gaining telekinetic powers from an unknown object, and the three main characters are played by people in their mid-twenties, along with many of their schoolmates.²* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':²** In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', 25-year-old Creator/BenBarnes was cast as the 17-year-old titular prince. (He's 13 in the book.)²** In ''[[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader Dawn Treader]]'', Eustace is supposed to be 10. He's played by 17-year-old Creator/WillPoulter. The main four get some of this as well, though not as bad. In [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe the first book]], they're 13, 12, 10, and 8. In the first movie, the actors playing them were 18, 17, 14, and 10.²* In the Soviet 1947 ''{{Literature/Cinderella}}'' movie, the titular heroine is played by Janina Żejmo, who was nearly 40 at the time. The actresses for the stepsisters were younger, but still both over 30.²* In ''Film/CityOfEmber'' one of the two 12-year-old leads is played by Creator/SaoirseRonan, who was 13 at the time of filming. The other is played by Harry Treadaway, who turned 23 during production.²* Played straight, averted, and inverted in ''Film/{{Click}}''. Creator/JonahHill portrays the 17-year-old version of Creator/AdamSandler's son at age 21, while 15-year-old Lorraine Nicholson portrays the 14-year-old version of Sandler's daughter, and Katie Cassidy portrays the 27-year-old version of Sandler's daughter at age 18.²* ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'' has some conspicuously twenty-something teenagers.²* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was 27 when he played Alex in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. In [[Literature/AClockworkOrange the original novel]], Alex is 15 years old.²* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'': Stacey Dash was 28 portraying a 16-year-old in the movie and then came back for the TV show where she played a 16-year-old until she was 31. (Dee, Stacey's character, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in one episode when she mentioned when they were 27 they'd be "old enough to play teenagers on TV.") The rest of the teen cast had an average age of 21, but 19-year-old Creator/AliciaSilverstone and 18-year-old Creator/BrittanyMurphy work fairly well as 16-year-olds.²* Four years after Carrie, then-30-year-old Creator/SissySpacek played Loretta Lynn in ''Film/CoalMinersDaughter'' -- starting at the age of 14.²* ''Film/TheConspirator'' features 42-year-old Creator/NormanReedus playing Lewis Payne who was 21 at the time of his death.²* ''Film/CoolAsIce'': Kristin Minter was 25 when she played the fresh-out-of-high-school Kathy.²* The 2015 zombie-child flick ''Film/{{Cooties}}'' has an ObviousStuntDouble scene as the teachers escape the school Clint trips a child zombie that - judging by the hips - had definitely been through puberty (the cutoff for turning into a zombie in this movie). You can see it in the trailer, [[ here, at 1:50]].²* ''Film/CorvetteSummer'' stars 26-year-old Creator/MarkHamill as a high school graduate.²* In the 1996 film ''Film/TheCraft'', 16-year-old coven member Rochelle was played by nearly 30-year-old Rachel True, though she certainly [[OlderThanTheyLook didn't look that old]]. The other three 16-year-old girls were all played by actresses in their 20s, but were all at least half a decade younger than True - Creator/RobinTunney as Sarah was 23, Creator/FairuzaBalk (Nancy) 21; and Creator/NeveCampbell (Bonnie) 22.²* Inverted with Creator/EmmaStone in ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'', she was 21 playing a character who was at least 25.²* ''Film/{{Critters}}'' - 24-year-old Nadine Van der Velde as teen girl April.²* ''Film/CryBaby'' -- Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker (27-year-old Creator/JohnnyDepp) is the leader of a gang of "Drapes", which includes his teenage mom sister Pepper (22-year-old Ricki Lake), facially disfigured Mona "Hatchet Face" Malnorowski (34-year-old Kim [=McGuire=]), wild and free-spirited Wanda Woodward (22-year-old Traci Lords), and Milton Hackett, the nervous son of overzealous religious activists, (24-year-old Darren E. Burrows). ²* ''Film/CryWolf'' features Lindy Booth (in her mid-20s at time) as an 18-year-old.²* ''Film/DangerousMinds'' features 21-year-old Renoly Santiago and 29-year-old Wade Domínguez as a couple of many 20-something students. ²* ''Film/DavidAndLisa'', 1962, starred then 26-year-old Keir Dullea and 19-year-old Janet Margolin in the title roles -- respectively sixteen and thirteen.²* Creator/DavidLynch loves this trope.²** ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' [[{{Prequel}} takes place days before the TV show]] and all the 20-something actors (mentioned in the TV section) are a few years older, with some flashbacks taking place years before the TV show, and Sheryl Lee playing 15. There were some additions to the movie that weren't in the TV show, such as 24-year-old Moira Kelly as 17-year-old Donna Hayward, and 27-year-old Pamela Gidley as 17-year-old Teresa Banks.²** In ''Film/WildAtHeart'', 23-year-old Creator/LauraDern plays her character as a 13-year-old in flashbacks. Dern had trouble passing as a teen when she was one, for instance when she was 19 in ''Film/BlueVelvet''.²** In ''Film/{{Dune}}'': Music/{{Sting}} (then 33) and Creator/KyleMacLachlan (then 25), play Paul Atreides and Feyd Harkonnen, notwithstanding that both those characters are between the ages of 15 and 18 for the entirety of the original novel. To be fair, the makers of the TV miniseries of ''Series/{{Dune}}'' also went for this trope as well, citing the availability of credible 15-year-old actors to play the lead part.²* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' has 24-year-old Lindy Booth as 17-year-old Nicole.²* Creator/JakeGyllenhaal was 23 when he was cast as a teenager in the 2004 movie ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''.²* ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' sometimes plays it straight: Christine Harnos (25), Parker Posey (24), and Sasha Jenson (28) portrayed incoming high school seniors despite being older than age-appropriate Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, who played a twenty-something graduate.²** Christin Hinojosa, who played incoming high school freshman Sabrina, was 17 at the time of the film.²** Subverted by Cole Hauser, who looked like your usual over-aged jock despite being only 18, making him one of the youngest "teens" in the cast.²* ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'':²** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sees Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan as Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father. While he's six years older than Creator/BenAffleck, who plays Batman, the movie has a scene where Bruce laments that he's older than Thomas was at the time of his death and in one of Bruce's nightmares, Thomas's tombstone says he was born in 1942 and killed in 1981, which given ''[=BvS=]'' was filmed in 2014, means Morgan was 11 years older than Thomas Wayne.²** ''Film/Aquaman2018'' revealed that Thomas Curry and Queen Atlanna met in 1985, retroactively making Arthur around 30-31 at most in ''[=BvS=]''. Creator/JasonMomoa was nearing 40 during the filming of ''Aquaman'', where Arthur would at most be 33. Creator/PatrickWilson as Ocean Master is a bigger example as the character is the younger half-brother of Aquaman, yet Wilson himself is six years older than Momoa.²* In ''Film/DeadEndDriveIn'' Ned Manning was in his mid-thirties when playing the teenage hero Jimmy, or "Crabs". Reportedly he even lied about his age to the film's director.²* ''Dean Koontz's Film/{{Phantoms}}'' -- 25-year-old Creator/RoseMcGowan plays a character that was 14 in the book.²* ''Deux''. This French film stars Isabelle Huppert as twin sisters in an extremely confusing storyline that jumps crazily backwards and forwards in time and space, with no attempt to make Huppert look appropriately older or younger. There are a couple of lengthy sequences in which she appears as a schoolgirl, despite being in her late forties. In addition her/their mother, played by Bulle Ogier, is seen in flashback as a young heavily pregnant woman despite being in her sixties.²* ''Devil in the Flesh'' -- 25-year-old Creator/RoseMcGowan plays a teenaged murderess.²* ''Diana'': 45-year-old Creator/NaomiWatts as Princess Diana, who died at age 36.²* In ''Film/DirtyDancing'', Creator/JenniferGrey (now 27) plays 17-year-old Frances (Baby). She did look the role, though. Johnny is 25 years old, and played by 35-year-old Creator/PatrickSwayze, who unfortunately looked his age, making it look a bit squicky.²* ''Film/DiscoPigs'' brought us Creator/CillianMurphy, then 24, playing a 16-year-old. He was pretty convincing until he was shirtless . (Not that most of the audience probably [[DistractedByTheSexy minded much.]] Or at least, they normally wouldn't have, but the monologue he delivers while shirtless can come across as rather ... [[FanDisservice icky]]). It is rather justifiable, as he actually looked very convincing, and he did play the character in the stage play version at 19 years of age.²* Pretty much every teen in the ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' series is played by an actors well into their 20's. The only one who's closest to their characters' age is 16-year-old Caleb, who's portrayed by then-19-year-old Creator/AnselElgort.²** 18-year-old Four is played by 28-year-old Creator/TheoJames. WordOfGod specifically cast the latter due to AbilityOverAppearance. Eric, who's in Four's generation, also counts, being played by 27-year-old Creator/JaiCourtney. They left the two's ages deliberately vague as a result. ²** 16-year-old Tris is played by 23-year-old Creator/ShaileneWoodley. Keep in mind that she's supposed to be the ''younger non-twin'' sister of Caleb (though no more than eleven months, since they partake in the same Aptitude Test), and yet Ms. Woodley is four years older than Mr. Elgort.²** Not to mention Tris' fellow 16-year-old colleagues: Al (played Christian Madsen, who was 22), Christina and Will (Zoë Kravitz and Ben Llyod-Hughes, respectively, who were both 26), and Peter (Creator/MilesTeller, who was ''28''). ²** ''The Divergent Series: Insurgent'' adds more Dawsons into the "16-year-old" lineup: Marlene and Uriah (Suki Waterhouse and Keiynan Lonsdale, respectively, 22) and Lynn (Creator/RosaSalazar, 29).²* ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' -- 21-year-old Keith Coogan as the main character's 16-year-old brother.²* ''Film/DoubleDragon'' - Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, and Creator/AlyssaMilano were all in their mid to late 20s when they were cast as teens.²* In ''Film/DraftDay'', Josh Pence (31) plays Bo Callahan, while Creator/ChadwickBoseman (36) plays Vontae Mack. These are supposed to be college football players entering the NFL draft, who are usually 21 to 23 years old when drafted.²* In ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', high-schooler Goku is played by 27-year-old Justin Chatwin.²* Zig-zagged in ''Film/{{Dreamgirls}}''. The Dreams are teenagers for the first act, even though Music/{{Beyonce}} and Music/JenniferHudson were both 24 during filming. However, there's an 8-year TimeSkip before the second act that brings the characters' ages roughly up to the actresses' at the time. But then there's Creator/AnikaNoniRose, who was '''33''' during filming. It also doubles as IronyAsSheIsCast; Lorell is implied to be the youngest of the Dreams and is by far the mousiest and has no problem singing backup. Anika Noni Rose is not only the oldest of the three leads, but she's also the most accomplished actress, with a Broadway career going back to the late 90's and winning a Tony in 2004. ²* ''Film/DriveMeCrazy:'' 23-year-old Creator/MelissaJoanHart stars as a teenager with prom problems. Co-starring 23-year-old Adrian Grenier as her high school sweetheart.²* ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' from 1999 stars 28-year-old Creator/DeniseRichards as a teen beauty pageant contestant.²* ''Film/TheDuff'' has 26-year-old Creator/MaeWhitman, 25-year-old Robbie Amell, 24-year-old Bianca A. Santos and 20-year-old Skyler Samuels as high schoolers. ²* ''Film/DumPlin'' features various actresses in their early to mid 20s playing high schoolers participating in a teenage beauty pageant!²* ''Earth Angel (1991)'' was a movie about a prom queen who dies in the 1960s and then has to do a good deed 30 years later. It was seemingly influenced by movies such as ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried'', and like those movies, needs actors that can pass as both teenagers and middle-aged people. Of course, no real teens were cast, and most of the actors were in their 30s and 40s, most notably 42-year-old Erik Estrada.²* All of the "kids" from ''Film/EasyA'' are between 21 and 25 years old. This actually presents a minor problem, as one of the characters is ''supposed'' to be too old for high school, having been held back repeatedly, but appears indistinct from the other actors. Additionally, they had gotten age-appropriate actors for the flashbacks, and this meant that, in the four years between the past and present, the characters seemed to have aged ten years.²* ''Film/{{Election}}'' - 23-year-old Creator/ReeseWitherspoon as Tracy Flick. ²* Creator/EllenPage is frequently cast as a teenager (14 years old in ''Film/HardCandy'', 15 years old in '' Film/TheTraceyFragments'', 16 years old in ''Film/{{Juno}}'', and 17 years old in ''Film/WhipIt''), despite being 17 to 22 respectively at the time of their production. Ditto for her roles in ''Film/AnAmericanCrime'' (where she played 16-year-old Sylvia Likens) and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' (where she played the teenage Kitty Pryde).²* Teen idol Music/ElvisPresley, in his 20s and beyond, would portray characters that were explicitly adolescent, such as in ''King Creole'' and ''Love Me Tender'', or age-unspecified young adults who live with their parents, aren't yet married, headed for college or the military, are newcomers on the entertainment scene, hold down jobs suitable for high school dropouts, and enjoy youthful beach parties.²* ''Elvis and Me'' starts off with explicitly-stated 14-year-old Priscilla, portrayed by 25-year-old Susan Walters.²* ''Film/EncinoMan'' - 21-year-old Creator/SeanAstin and 24-year-old Creator/PaulyShore as average high school geeks who discover a caveman named Link, played by 24-year-old Creator/BrendanFraser. The two friends succeed in passing off Link as an Estonian exchange student at their school, and Link and dates a girl named Robyn, played by 23-year-old Megan Ward.²* ''The Entity'' features mature-looking, Hispanic, 21-year-old David Labiosa as the teen son of young-looking, Caucasian, 32-year-old Barbera Hershey. When they are first introduced, the audience is to believe that they are a married couple... until his calls her "mom" and she nags him about a letter from his high school counselor. This is foreshadowing of future events in the movie.²* ''Film/EverAfter'' - 18-year-old Danielle is played by 23-year-old Creator/DrewBarrymore. Her two wicked stepsisters, of approximately the same age, are played by 20-year-old Melanie Lynskey and 28-year-old Megan Dodds. "Prince" Henry, is played by 33-year-old Dougray Scott. The character of Henry, in this particular movie, is based on Henry II of France, who married Catherine de' Medici, a member of the ruling family of Florence, on 28 October 1533, when they were both fourteen years old. He was king by 28. ²* ''Film/FaceOff'': In the second half of the movie, 43-year-old Creator/JohnTravolta plays 30-year-old Castor Troy. Averted in the first half where 33-year-old Creator/NicolasCage is playing Castor.²* ''Film/TheFaculty'' - Most of the main teens are played by people in their early 20s, with a couple of exceptions.²* The 2009 ''Film/{{Fame}}'' remake has numerous examples: Victor (played by Walter Perez, age 27), Denise (Naturi Naughton, 25), Marco (Asher Book, 21). The actors closest to the actual age of the characters they play are Kherington Payne (Alice) and Kay Panabaker (Jenny), both 19.²* Olesya Rulin plays a 16 year-old girl in ''Family Weekend'' despite being twice that during filming. Matthew Modine's father character is probably supposed to be younger than him as well; he's old enough to be Rulin's father, if on the young side at 21, whereas he would have fathered a 16 year-old at 37.²* ''[=FAQs=],'' from 2005, follows hairy-chested, tired-looking Joe Lia as teen runaway named "India" as he interacts with various other street youths who also clearly in their 20s. Though Joe Lia's exact age remains a mystery, he graduated from University of Southern California in December of 2003.²* ''Fat Girls,'' from 2006, follows the antics of Texas teen outcasts in their senior year of high school. Every cast member is in their 20s. ²* ''Film/FatalBeauty'' - Zack Jaeger is a juvenile delinquent who is too young and cute to be a threat... played by 25-year-old James Le Gros.²* ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'':²** Creator/ShaileneWoodley was twenty three playing Hazel at sixteen. ²** Creator/AnselElgort was borderline, being twenty and playing an eighteen-year-old (and amusingly is listed as ''nineteen'' at one point by Isaac). ²* ''Film/{{Fear}},'' from 1996, 20-year-old Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, 24-year-old Creator/AlyssaMilano, 25-year-old Creator/MarkWahlberg, 27-year-old Todd Caldecott, 33-year-old Gary Riley.²* ''Female Trouble'' -- Mink Stole, in her late 20s, plays a 14-year-old, and it's heavily {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.²* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' merits notation. Creator/MatthewBroderick was 23 at the time of filming, Creator/JenniferGrey (Ferris' younger sister) was 25, but Alan Ruck (Cameron) topped them both by turning ''thirty'' a few weeks after the film was released. By glaring contrast, fellow cast member Creator/KristySwanson celebrated her 16th birthday shortly before the premiere.²* The ''Film/FinalDestination'' series is knee-deep in this trope. As an example, 28-year-old [[Series/DawsonsCreek Kerr Smith]] and 29-year-old Amanda Detmer as high school sweet-hearts.²** Somewhat averted, however, by the fact that (contrary to the popular belief that all the films center on teenagers) only the characters in the first and third film are supposed to be teenagers. The characters in the second, fourth and fifth films are actually meant to be in their twenties or older.²* ''Film/FiredUp:'' has 23-year-old Sarah Roemer, 27-year-old Nicholas d'Agosto, 30-year-old Eric Christian Olsen, and 30-year-old Daneel Harris playing high school cheerleaders.²* ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'' -- 20-year-old Matt Adler as 16-year-old Jeff Freeman.²* Another really bad example comes from the rather poor film adaptation of the novel ''Film/FlowersInTheAttic'' by Creator/VCAndrews, in which actors that look like adults are cast as characters who, in the book, were 14 and 12. This even [[PlotHole breaks the plot]]; the male lead is large enough to simply physically overpower his abusive grandmother while the rest of his siblings simply walk out the front door of the mostly empty mansion.²* Creator/KevinBacon was 25 when he played teenager Ren [=McCormack=] in ''Film/{{Footloose}}''. Ironically, he had played 18-to-19-year-old Chip Diller in ''Film/AnimalHouse'' when he was in fact 19 years old.²* In ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Lynn-Holly Johnson (born on December 13, 1958) played the 14-year-old Bibi Dahl, though this was likely done to reduce the {{squick}} of her infatuation with Bond.²* ''Foxfire'' -- 20-year-old Jenny Lewis, 21-year-old Creator/AngelinaJolie, 23-year-old Hedy Burress, 25-year-old Sarah Rosenberg, and 29-year-old Jenny Shimizu as high school students. ²* ''Film/FreedomWriters'' - 21-year-old Jaclyn Ngan, 27-year-old April Lee Hernández, 30-year-old Will Morales.²* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' -- You'll be hard-pressed to find a real teen in any installment of this teen slasher series.²** One inversion came in part 2. Marta Kober was 17 at the time of filming (even though she was supposed to be in her early to mid-twenties like the rest of the counselors), which made her sex scene/death difficult.²* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': 18 year old Princess Anna is voiced by a 33 year old Creator/KristenBell, 21 year old Queen Elsa is voiced by a 42 year old Creator/IdinaMenzel, 21 year old Kristoff is voiced by a 28 year old Creator/JonathanGroff, and 21 year old Prince Hans is voiced by a 31 year old Santino Fontana.²* ''Film/FunSize:'' A high schooler (19-year-old Music/VictoriaJustice) goes with her best friend from school (baby-faced, but tired-looking, 23-year-old Jane Levy) to a Halloween party to be with a "boy" from school (26-year-old Thomas [=McDonell=]). Chelsea Handler plays the mom, 11 years older than Thomas [=McDonell=].²* ''Film/GingerSnaps'' centres around the lives of two fifteen year old sisters; the older sister Ginger was played by Katharine Isabelle, who was about 19 as of the film's release, while her little sister Brigitte was played by the younger-looking actress Emily Perkins, who was actually four years older than Katharine.²** This is pushed further in the 2004 sequel, in which no more than a year has passed since the events of the first film. Katharine Isabelle was 23 and Emily Perkins was 27 by the film's release.²* ''Film/GirlInGoldBoots''. Buz is supposed to be college age, but the actor is clearly in his early 40s.²* In ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' 27-year-old Creator/WinonaRyder played the titular 19-year-old. Critics at the time mentioned that whilst Ryder did look younger than her age this was still pushing it more than a bit.²* ''Film/TheGiver'' has 24-year-old Creator/BrentonThwaites as [[AgeLift 16]]-year-old Jonas.²* In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Henry Hill and Tommy [=DeVito=] are played by child actors in the opening fifteen minutes, then the film jumps forward a few years and they are replaced by 34-year-old Creator/RayLiotta and 47-year-old Creator/JoePesci. The story covers a period of nearly twenty-five years, so the choice of actors makes sense (it's considerably harder for someone in their twenties to make a believable 40-year-old than in the opposite situation), but it does produce a bit of an "er, what?" moment when the narration identifies Ray Liotta as a "21-year-old kid." It's especially jarring when you realize that Pesci is meant to be in his early twenties during the famous "What do you mean I'm funny?" scene. It is worth noting that Tommy never comes within 10 years of Pesci's age. Similarly Jimmy, played by Creator/RobertDeNiro who was well into his forties by that point, is first introduced as a 28-year-old. Fortunately, they whiten his hair in the later parts to age him.²* ''Film/TheGoonies'': 26-year-old Steve Antin plays the high school bully Troy.²* In ''Grace Of Monaco'', 45-year-old Creator/NicoleKidman plays Creator/GraceKelly during the early '60s. At the time Princess Grace was in her early ''thirties''.²* ''Film/TheGraduate'' paired 30-year-old Creator/DustinHoffman as a recent college graduate, and 36-year-old Creator/AnneBancroft as the middle-aged wife of his father's business partner. Not to mention 27-year-old Katharine Ross as her daughter Elaine. 37-year-old Creator/GeneHackman was originally cast as Bancroft's husband, but Creator/MikeNichols decided he couldn't pull off the middle-aged look as well as she could and wound up recasting the role.²* An (in)famous movie example: 33-year-old Stockard Channing (in other words, old enough to have ''actually attended high school in the 1950s''), as 17-year-old Rizzo in ''Film/{{Grease}}'' (not to mention most of the rest of the "teenagers" in the cast; of the central teen characters, only one was actually a teenager -- then-19-year-old Dinah Manoff). Even more audaciously, Manoff is paired with Channing as her [[TheLancer Lancer]]…''and it works''. The sequel features a full cast of 20-somethings like 24-year-old Creator/MichellePfeiffer.²** Other examples include Music/OliviaNewtonJohn (29) as Sandy, Creator/JohnTravolta (24) as Danny, Jeff Conaway (28) as Kenickie, Barry Pearl (28) as Doodie, Michael Tucci (32) as Sonny, Kelly Ward (22) as Putzie, Didi Conn (27) as Frenchie, Jamie Donnelly (31) as Jan, Dinah Manoff (22) as Marty, Eddie Deezen (21) as Eugene, Susan Buckner (25) as Patty Simcox, Lorenzo Lamas (20) as Tom Chism, Annette Charles (29) as Cha-Cha, and Dennis C. Stewart (29) as Craterface.²** Some of the actors were barely younger than Frankie Avalon (38), an actual teen idol from the late 1950s that makes a guest appearance. ²* ''Film/{{Grimsby}}'' features Creator/SachaBaronCohen (44) and Creator/MarkStrong (52) playing brothers, with Cohen's character actually being the ''older'' of the two, despite clear physical evidence to the contrary. It could be argued that this is all part of the joke, however.²* ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' -- 17-year-old Jesse Bradford is the only teen actor. The other leads are played by people in their early 20s, ranging from 20-year-old Creator/AngelinaJolie to 25-year-old Creator/MatthewLillard.²* ''Film/{{Hairspray}} 2007'' -- 21-year-old Amanda Bynes as Penny, 21-year-old BrittanySnow as Amber, and 20-year-old Elijah Kelly as Seaweed.²** The original 1988 film had 27-year-old Michael St. Gerard as Link.²* The {{Franchise/Halloween}} Series, about a guy who kills high school seniors.²** ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'':²*** 20-year-old Creator/JamieLeeCurtis²*** 28-year-old PJ Soles²*** 29-year-old Nancy Kyes²*** For an additional scene shot for the television version in 1981, the three above actresses were 23, 31, and 32 years old respectively. ²** ''Film/HalloweenII1981'':²*** 23-year-old Creator/JamieLeeCurtis²*** 21-year-old Lance Guest (assumed to be about the same age as Curtis)²*** 32-year-old Nancy Kyes²** ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'':²*** 23-year-old Kathleen Kinmont²*** 24-year-old Sasha Jensen²*** 25-year-old Ellie Cornell²** ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'':²*** 23-year-old Wendy Kaplan²*** 20-year-old Tamara Glynn²*** 26-year-old Ellie Cornell²** ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'':²*** 20-year-old J.C Brandy (playing a 14 year old)²** ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' ²*** 19-year-old Creator/JoshHartnett:²*** 19-year-old Jodi Lynn O'Keefe²*** 24-year-old Branden Williams²** ''Rob Zombie's Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'':²*** 29-year-old Creator/DanielleHarris²*** 29-year-old Kristina Klebe²** ''Film/HalloweenII2009'':²*** 31-year-old Creator/DanielleHarris²*** 20-year-old Scout Taylor-Compton²** ''Film/{{Halloween 2018}}'':²*** 24-year-old Andi Matchiak²*** 24-year-old Dylan Arnold²*** 23-year-old Virginia Gardner ²*** 26-year-old Miles Robbins²* ''Film/HappyBirthdayToMe'' - 25-year-old Matt Craven as one of many 20-something teens (though they're technically college students, so it's not quite as bad).²* ''Harper Valley PTA'' - 14-year-old Susan Swift plays 14-year-old Dee Johnson, who is interested in a classmate named Carlyle, played by 20-year-old Brian Cook. ²* Harold and Kumar in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''. Played straight with John Cho, who, at 30, played a character two years out of college -- but averted with Kal Penn, who was a relatively age-appropriate 26. By the time the sequel came around, this trope was played straight with ''both'' actors (35 and 31 respectively, playing their characters at 24-25 since the action picks up right where the first film left off).²* ''Film/HarryPotter:'' ²** Moaning Myrtle (a ghost who died in her teens) was played by then-''37-year-old'' Creator/ShirleyHenderson in ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'' (her being a ghost, her appearance thusly being quite worked-over already and somewhat obscured by the opticals involved, probably helped hide the fact).²*** Henderson was so convincing as a teen that many believed that Myrtle was played by Daniel Radcliffe in a wig.²** Creator/DavidTennant (then 33) was the right age to play Barty Crouch Jr. in ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' - in the present-day sequences. However, he also plays Crouch in a flashback to Crouch's trial, which took place when the character was 19.²** A convoluted example involves Tom Riddle, who [[TimeshiftedActor appears as a 16-year-old]] in two films made seven years apart. In ''Chamber of Secrets'', 23-year-old Christian Coulson played Riddle. By the time ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' rolled around, Coulson was pushing 30 and [[TheOtherDarrin the part was recast]] with actual 16-year-old Frank Dillane.²** ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows Part 2]]'' features an inversion, where [[spoiler: the DistantFinale has everyone being played by the same actors as before, only with special-effects applied to try and make them ''look'' like they're in their late thirties, around 37 or so, despite only being in their early 20s.]]²** This trope was done unintentionally with the actors playing James and Lily Potter. When the movies began, Lily and James were played by 34-year-old Geraldine Somerville and 43-year-old Adrian Rawlins, respectively. And the roles were never recast, leaving them both in their 40's and 50's by the time the movies ended. This is a glaring example of Dawson Casting, as Lily and James were barely in their 20's when they died. But it's unintentional because ages for James and Lily at the time of their deaths were not revealed until near the end of the book series, years after most of the movies had been produced. (It's not as bad as some, given that they only appear ''very'' briefly in any of the films.)²*** A similar issue is Creator/AlanRickman - 54 at the time the first movie was made - as Professor Severus Snape, who's the same age as Harry's parents and therefore in his mid-thirties in the first book. Even worse are the flashbacks in the eighth movie, where Rickman (then 64) plays Snape at around age twenty. ²* The best example has to be ''Literature/HatingAlisonAshley'', which centers around a year 9 (though it was grade six in the book) camping trip. The actors in the movie version were 20 and 21 at the time of its release.²* ''Havoc'' and its pseudo-sequel ''Normal Adolescent Behavior'' feature 23-year-old Creator/AnneHathaway and 24-year-old Creator/AmberTamblyn and their equally early 20s friends.²* In ''Hellgate'', [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Ron Palillo]] plays one of four college students who encounter evil in a ghost town. He was 40 at the time.²* Some of the stars of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' are in their twenties. Most were at a reasonable age at the start, but the time of the films [[ComicBookTime moves differently then real time.]] Monique Coleman obviously fits at age 26, though she doesn't look it.²* ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006'' - 25-year-old Creator/EmilieDeRavin as teen Brenda.²* ''The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting'', It's heavily implied that Jake Busey is the same character played by Creator/RutgerHauer in the first film, even though Busey is ''27 years younger'' than Hauer.²* ''Household Saints'' is a 1993 movie about three generations of women, but focuses mostly on the courtship of teenagers Catherine and Joseph (played by 34-year-olds Tracey Ullman and Creator/VincentDOnofrio). The focus then shifts to the future, when their teen daughter meets her boyfriend (played by 26-year-old and 27-year-old Creator/LiliTaylor and Michael Imperioli). ²* ''Film/TheHowling'': Creator/RobertPicardo was 28 when he played the "kid" Eddie Quist.²* ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'' - Creator/BetteDavis plays a teen or young adult at the beginning before the story skips ahead 40 years. Bette was in her 50s. Pains were taken to hide Bette's withered visage in shadow, or film her from behind. ²* ''Literature/IAmNumberFour'': the two leads, 14 in the book, are played by a 21-year-old and a 25-year-old.²* ''Film/ILoveYouBethCooper'' was filmed the year Creator/HaydenPanettiere, as the titular high school cheerleader, turned 19. So far so good. Unfortunately Paul Rust as Denis, the "I" in the title, was almost 30. (The film has a scene where Denis can't buy beer because ''he doesn't look old enough'', a moment which fulfils director Chris Columbus's quota of irony for the next few decades.) The end credits feature high school pictures of the main cast and the above-the-line crew; Panettiere is just about the only one of the former (and it's safe to say the latter, unless there's something Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox isn't telling us) who looks the same as she did working on the movie!²* ''I Shot Andy Warhol'' is about Valerie Solanas, the person who shot Creator/AndyWarhol, and the movie starts off about her early life. Born in 1936, Solanas graduated from high school in 1954, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958, and did nearly a year of graduate work at the University of Minnesota, making her 25 at the very oldest. She is played by 33-year-old Creator/LiliTaylor.²* ''The Identical'' has 40-year-old Creator/SethGreen and Blake Rayne playing the teenage versions of their characters for part of movie. ²* ''If These Walls Could Talk'' -- 23-year-old Hedy Burress plays a high school student.²* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather'' had Beatie Etney play 17-year old Carol Richardson while at least 30 herself at the time of filming (however she's later aged up as her character spends 15 years in prison).²* All the adult characters in ''Film/InTime'' have physically aged exactly 25 years, but Creator/AmandaSeyfried was the only cast member who was actually 25 at the time of filming. Creator/CillianMurphy was 35. The premise also allowed for some justified inversions of the trope, such as actors in their twenties or thirties playing characters with triple digit ages as well as 26 year-old Creator/OliviaWilde playing Justin Timberlake's 50 year-old mother.²* The 2006 version of ''The Initiation of Sarah'', featuring 25-year-old Summer Glau as 18-year-old Lindsay.²* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' has a minor case with child Murph - she starts at 10, Creator/MackenzieFoy was 12 - but a much bigger with her father Cooper. Adult Murph complains in a video message to Cooper that she now has the same age as when he left, and Cooper hasn't returned. The characters being in the mid-30s is logical, but while Creator/JessicaChastain was 36, Creator/MatthewMcConaughey is 8 years older than her. ²* ''Film/InTheHeartOfTheSea'' has a 59-year-old Brendan Gleeson playing a 44-year-old Thomas Nickerson and a 17-year-old Tom Holland playing 14-year-old Thomas Nickerson.²* Inverted in ''Film/IntoTheStorm2009''. Brendan Gleeson is far younger than Winston Churchill was, so the makeup team had to age him up a bit.²* In the [[Film/It1990 1990 film adaptation]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', 16-year-old Creator/SethGreen, who had reached, or was close to his adult height of 5'3" at that time, played Richie Tozier, one of the tallest in a group of 12-year-old outcasts called the Loser's Club. 17-year-old Jarred Blancard played bully Henry Bowers, who is presumably a year or two older than Richie and the rest of the Loser's Club.²* Almost every [[Film/JaneEyre live-action adaptation]] of ''Literature/JaneEyre''. Jane is supposed to be 19 when she starts working for Mr. Rochester, yet she has been played by: 28-year-old Susannah York (1970 film), 23-year-old Sorcha Cusack (1973 miniseries), 28-year-old Zelah Clarke (1983 miniseries), 24-year-old Charlotte Gainsbourg (1996 film), and 25-year-old Ruth Wilson (2006 tv miniseries). ²* ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'' -- Some high school girls accidentally kill another high school girl during a high school prank. Starring 24-year-old Judy Greer, 26-year-old Creator/RoseMcGowan, 27-year-old Julie Benz, and 28-year-old Rebecca Gayheart.²* In the 1974 Werner Herzog film ''Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle'' (also known as ''The enigma of Kaspar Hauser''), the lead role of about-16-year-old Kaspar Hauser was played by 41-year-old street musician Bruno S. Herzog has commented that he was chosen for the role because his life had parallels with that of the historical Kaspar Hauser, and also because he gave the impression of being outsider to society at large, one that was a stranger to his own body.²* In her first two movies Creator/JessicaChastain played teenagers - the title character in a filmed version of the stage play ''Salome'', and the title character in her first movie [[TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment to be released]] (''Jolene'') who goes from 15 to 25. She was in her very, very early 30s when she made them.²* ''Johnny Be Good'' -- 20-year-old Anthony Michael Hall and 24-year-old Creator/RobertDowneyJr as high school seniors.²* The "teen" cast of ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'' isn't too bad, with one 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds. But Ser'Darius Blain, who plays young Fridge, was '''29''' at the time of filming - and, even worse, is eight months older than Karen Gillan, the youngest member of the "adult" cast.²* Justin Long made a career throughout his 20's, of playing almost exclusively characters a good 10+ years younger than he is. He can make it work though, since he has a rather youthful face. He pretty much stopped once he turned 30.²* Ralph Macchio was in his early twenties when he first played the 17-year-old Daniel La Russo in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. By the time the third movie came out, Macchio was still playing teen-aged Daniel despite being in his ''late'' twenties. (His boyish good looks and the fact that his voice remained in a higher register after breaking helped.)²** He played a college freshman in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' while in his ''early 30s'' and still somehow looked convincing.²* In the movie ''Keith'' done in 2008, Elisabeth Harnois played a 17 year old although she was about 29. Her co-star Music/JesseMcCartney was only 21, also playing a 17 year old.²* ''Film/KickAss'' - All the high schoolers are played by people in their 20s. They are brought back for the [[Film/KickAss2 sequel]] several years later, still as high schoolers, with the exception of Creator/EvanPeters, who was replaced by Augustus Prew, who was born in the same year. The oldest among them would be 28-year-old Clark Duke.²* ''Kidulthood'' stars Noel Clarke, who was 29 when playing the 18-year-old leading man Sam. At 32, Clarke returned to play a 24-year-old Sam in the sequel ''Adulthood''.²* ''Killer Joe'' casts 22-year-old Juno Temple as the adolescent Dottie. However it is very justified as 1) it plays into Dottie's character as a young girl who is trying to be older than she is while also being very childlike, 2) Temple looks young for her age and 3) there is absolutely no way in hell that an actual child actress or teen actress would be allowed to film some of the scenes required in this movie.²* ''A Killing Secret'' stars 28-year-old Ari Meyers as a high school student. ²* ''Film/KundoAgeOfTheRampant'': ²** 36-year-old Ha Jung-woo plays Dolchi from the ages of 18-20. One scene has his sister telling children that he's only several years older than them.²** 43-year-old Ma Dong-seok plays Tianbao from the ages of 20-22. ²* ''Film/LaBamba'' 17-year-old Ritchie Valens (24-year-old Lou Diamond Phillips) is a normal high school student who becomes a rock 'n' roll superstar. He meets and falls in love with fellow high school student Donna Ludwig (22-year-old Danielle von Zerneck).²* Creator/SaoirseRonan was 22 years old when she played a 17-year-old in ''Film/LadyBird''.²* ''Film/TheLangoliers'', from 1995. Kimber Riddle, born 1966, as rebellious Bethany Simms. Christopher Collet, born 1968, as nerdy Albert "Ace" Kaussner. ²* Jackson Rathbone age 25 plays 15-year-old Sokka (at least in the series) in ''Film/TheLastAirbender''.²* Randy Quaid was 23 when ''Film/TheLastDetail'' was made. It is never specifically stated how old his character is, but he isn't old enough to drink.²* ''Last Exit to Brooklyn'' - 21-year-old Ricki Lake as Donna, an unmmaried teen mother.²* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' -- 24-year-old Lance Guest and 25-year-old Catherine Mary Stewart as a teen couple. Their group of friends are in their mid-twenties, as well, but the only one with a real speaking part was 25-year-old Peter Nelson as Jack Blake (the obnoxious guy in the cowboy hat).²* The 1981 Italian zombie flick ''Le Notti del terrore'' (US title: ''Film/BurialGroundTheNightsOfTerror'') has a disturbing example with a then 25-year-old midget (Peter Bark) playing a 10-year-old child with a serious [[ParentalIncest mother fixation.]] He not only [[ doesn't look like a child at all,]] but was cast apparently so they could have a scene where [[spoiler: the zombified child comes back to see his mother, who ''offers him a bare breast and is killed when he starts chewing the nipple off''.]] [[{{Squick}} Ew.]]²* ''Leather Jacket Love Story:'' 25-year-old Sean Tataryn as 18-year-old Kyle.²* ''Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural'' -- 13-year-old Lila Lee is played by 18-year-old Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith.²* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'': Creator/AmandaSeyfried and Samantha Barks; their characters Cosette and Eponine are supposed to be in their late teens. Same can also be said for Aaron Tveit, who is nearly 30 when Enjolras is said to be in his mid-20s at most. ²* ''Film/LiarLiar'' - 9-year-old Justin Cooper as 4-year-old Max Reede. A lesser example is the 38-year-old Creator/JenniferTilly as the 31-year-old Samantha Cole.²* ''Film/LifeAfterBeth'': The gravestone reveals that Beth was 21 when she died. At the time of filming, Aubrey Plaza would have been 29, if not 30.²* ''The Life Before Her Eyes'' -- 19-year-old Evan Rachel Wood and 22-year-old Eva Amurri as high school students. Also of note, Creator/UmaThurman, in her late 30s, playing a character in her early 30s. ²* One of the main reasons, if not ''the'' main, for the lukewarm reception of ''The Lilac Sphere''. While Natalia Guseva, aged eleven to twelve during the filming of ''Series/GuestFromTheFuture'', perfectly fit the part of eleven-year-old Alice, this time she was fifteen years old herself and portraying Alice at ten. ²* On the far end of the trope is 66 year-old Creator/SallyField playing the twenty-years younger Mary Todd Lincoln in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''.²* The 2012 sexually explicit mainstream German film ''Film/LittleThirteen'' features 18-year-old Muriel Wimmer in the lead role. The title of the film is your first clue as to why this trope applies.²* A particularly ironic example is ''Film/LogansRun'' in which the film's hook is that it's about a society where people are killed once they reach 30. Predictably, much of the cast were well into their thirties and looked it as well.²* Any adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''. Justified in that Vladimir Nabokov ''insisted'' that this be done for any adaptation of his book on the grounds that it would be cruel to make such a young actress even pretend to go through what Lolita went through.²* The satirical 1966 film ''Film/LordLoveADuck'' has high-schoolers played by 23-year-old Tuesday Weld and ''38-year-old'' Roddy [=McDowall=].²* ''Film/TheLonelyLady'': Pia Zadora and Creator/RayLiotta, both 29 at the time, start off the film as a HighSchool students. It's not clear how old Zadora's character is meant to be by the end of the film, though.²* In ''Film/TheLostBoys'' 21-year-old Jason Patric played 16-year-old Michael, and 15-year-olds Creator/CoreyHaim and Corey Feldman played 12-year-olds.²* ''The Double 0 Kid'' (1992) - 21-year-olds Creator/CoreyHaim and Nicole Eggbert portray teens playing having a cloak-and-dagger cat-and-mouse game with terrorists. ²* ''Oh, What a Night'' (1992) - 21-year-old Creator/CoreyHaim plays a teen in this coming-of-age period piece.²* ''Blown Away'' (1993) - Twentysomethings Creator/CoreyHaim, Nicole Eggbert, and Corey Feldman portray teens in this crime drama / erotic thriller.²* ''Just One of the Girls'' (1993) - 22-year-olds Creator/CoreyHaim and Nicole Eggbert portray teens in this cross-dressing romance. 26-year-old Cameron Bancroft plays a high school bully.²* ''Demolition High'' (1996) - 25-year-old teen Creator/CoreyHaim unites with fellow students against terrorists.²** ''Demolition University'' (1997) - 26-year-old teen Creator/CoreyHaim unites with fellow students against terrorists.²* In perhaps one of the most extreme examples of this trope, ''Film/TheLovelyBones'' cast 22-year-old [=Rose McIver=] as the character of Lindsey Salmon, who is supposed to be a 13-year-old girl. The incongruity was made even worse by the fact that the character of Susie Salmon, who is Lindsey's 14-year-old sister, went to 15-year-old Saoirse Ronan, who actually looked like she was about the right age -- so the audience was treated to a 22-year-old playing the younger sister of an obviously-younger 15-year-old. This lead to widespread confusion among audience members as to which sister was supposed to be older. {{Justified|Trope}}, though, as the movie ''starts out'' [[DeadToBeginWith with Susie being murdered]] and the rest is all PosthumousNarration. Most of the scenes with Lindsey in them take place a few years later, and since Lindsey was only a year younger than her sister to begin with, she's already passed Susie's terminal age.²* ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'' features 38-year-old Elisha Cook Jr. as the "boy" Wilmer, who is described as "about twenty."²* The Sci Fi Channel movie called ''Mammoth'', featuring 25-year-old Summer Glau as a teen girl. ²* ''Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'' - 40-year-old Creator/IdrisElba portrays UsefulNotes/NelsonMandela from age 24 onward. ²* Creator/AnnaPaquin was roughly 23 when she played a seventeen-year-old in ''Margaret''. Due to the film going through a lengthy period of TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment, she was 29 when it was finally released in 2011.²* Both played straight and averted in the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/MarsNeedsMoms''. When it was released in 2011, Creator/SethGreen, who did the motion capture for 9-year-old Milo, was 37. He was originally slated to voice the character as well, but the creators realized he sounded too mature for a kid, and had him dubbed over by 11-year-old Seth Dusky.²* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has a few cases, mostly due to OlderThanTheyLook.²** ''Film/IronMan1'' shows that Tony Stark was born in 1970... when his portrayer Creator/RobertDowneyJr was already 5.²** Film/AntMan has a VagueAge that certainly places him in his mid to late-30s at best. Creator/PaulRudd was 44 during the movie's shoot.²** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'': While no specific age is ever stated (the movie appears to be going for late teens), Shuri is young enough that her competence to lead Wakanda's technological innovation is repeatedly called into question due to her age. When the movie came out, Creator/LetitiaWright, who plays Shuri, was 24.²*** Not to mention that Shuri's brother T'Challa is played by 40-year old Chadwick Boseman. Unless they have a 20+ year age gap between the siblings, which seems unlikely (though not impossible), T'Challa is also quite a bit younger than the actor who plays him.²** The Russo brothers were specifically looking for a “more age appropriate actor” when they cast Spider-man, but Creator/TomHolland was still 19 years old when he started playing 14 (or possibly 15) year old Peter Parker.²* In Creator/PeterBogdanovich's ''Film/{{Mask|1985}}'', the then-24-year-old Eric Stoltz played the 15- to 16-year-old Rocky Dennis. Granted, with all the makeup he had to wear to deform his face, it's less noticeable. Somewhat averted with Creator/LauraDern, who was about 18 around the time it was filmed.²* Played With in ''Film/MatchstickMen''. Alison Lohman plays an adolescent girl a number of years younger than her actual age, [[spoiler:but it turns out that she's actually a lot older than she had claimed]]. Lohman played a teenaged girl in ''Film/{{Flicka}}'' when she was 25.²* Despite playing teen characters, all the actors in ''Film/TheMazeRunnerSeries'' are in their twenties except for the twelve-year old Blake Cooper as Chuck.²* ''Film/MeanGirls'' had 24-year-old Creator/RachelMcAdams and 21-year-old Creator/LaceyChabert and Lizzy Caplan playing HighSchool Juniors. On the other hand, Creator/AmandaSeyfried and Creator/LindsayLohan, both also playing 16-year-olds, were 17-year-olds respectively. Creator/AmyPoehler, who played [=McAdams=]' character's mother, is only seven years older than the latter. In the sequel, the principal cast who played Jo, Mandi, Hope, Chastity, and their boyfriends… all in their 20s. The exception would be the actress who plays Abby, Jennifer Stone, was 17. However, this is still part of the trope in that they show a flashback to Jennifer Stone playing Abby in junior high when Abby was around 13 years old. ²* ''Film/MelodySWALK'' - Creator/JackWild plays a character of no more than 11 almost entirely believably despite being 17 at the time of filming. Wild was notoriously [[TeensAreShort short]] and boyishly cute with a childish voice throughout his teens, and easily played as a 13-year-old in ''Flight of the Doves'' the same year.²* ''Film/MenInBlack 3'' -- Agent J travels from 2012 to 1969, 43 years into the past. He wakes up and sees a young Agent K, played by Creator/JoshBrolin. Brolin is only 21 years and 5 months younger than Creator/TommyLeeJones, who plays the older Agent K. ²-->'''Agent J''': "You got some city miles on you."²* In 1981, Creator/{{ABC}} broadcast a made-for-TV account of the 1980 United States men's hockey team's surprising gold medal run in the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in Lake Placid, which like the movie, was called the ''Miracle on Ice''. The movie starred Creator/KarlMalden as the head coach Herb Brooks despite the fact that Malden was about 69 at time playing a 42 year old Brooks. ²* In the 1962 film version of ''Theatre/TheMiracleWorker'', which tells the story of how Helen Keller (left blind and deaf following a near fatal illness in early childhood) was taught to communicate via her sense of touch, Helen is played by 15-year-old Patty Duke. In real life, Helen was not quite 7 years old at the time the events depicted in the film took place.²** Happens again in the 1979 TV movie, which has another 15-year-old, Melissa Gilbert, playing Helen²** Averted in the Disney TV movie from 2000, where Helen is played by 8-year-old Hallie Kate Eisenberg.²* The 2018 remake of ''Film/MidnightSun'' features 20-year-old Creator/BellaThorne as the 17-year old protagonist Katie Price.²* ''Film/MirrorMask'' -- 15-year-old Helena Campbell is played by 20-year-old Creator/StephanieLeonidas.²* ''Film/Moonlight2016'' has two actors playing "Teen Chiron" and "Adult Chiron" ... though they are both in their 20s. ²* The casting of ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' is all over the place in terms of age. Music/{{Cher}} was a 41-year-old playing a 37-year-old (not a stretch). Creator/DannyAiello was 54, playing a 42-year-old. Creator/NicolasCage was just 23, and although the age of his character is never mentioned outright in the film, the plot (involving his romance with Cher's character) just wouldn't make much sense unless we assume he's significantly older, at least mid-30ish.²* ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'', is very guilty of this, casting actors in their mid-to-late-twenties as the teenage main characters. The main protagonists Clary (15) and Jace (17) are being played by Creator/LilyCollins and Creator/JamieCampbellBower, both of whom are 23. Isabelle (16) and Simon (also 16) are being portrayed by 24-year-old actors Jemima West and Creator/RobertSheehan, while most notoriously Alec (18) is being played by 27-year-old Kevin Zegers. That said, the producer has revealed that although they won't be specifying anyone's exact age in the movie, the characters are supposed to be somewhat older than their [[Literature/TheMortalInstruments book]] counterparts. To make matters even more mind-boggling, the character of Luke (who is pushing forty, and acts as a surrogate father to the kids) is being played by the ''28-year-old'' Creator/AidanTurner.²* ''Film/MrHollandsOpus'' -- Rowena, the high school senior who tempts Mr. Holland because she's intellectually mature and looks older than her years? She looks mature for her age because she was played by 23-year-old Jean Louisa Kelly. The baby-faced 13-year-old freshman clarinet player who later becomes governor? Played by 20-year-old Alicia Witt.²* Creator/TimRoth played a 19-year-old serial killer in a TV movie ''Murder in the Heartland''. He was 33 when it aired. Being short and thin probably helped but couldn't fully cover the age difference.²* In ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'', Nia Vardalos was 39-40 at the time she filmed the movie, where her character was only 30.²* ''Film/MyBoyfriendsBack'' - 23-year-old Andrew Lowery and 25-year-old Traci Lind as teens.²* In the film adaptation of ''Film/MyFairLady'', Creator/AudreyHepburn was 34 years old while playing the 21-year-old Eliza Doolittle. ²* ''Film/MyDaysOfMercy'': Creator/EllenPage, who was thirty at the time of filming, plays twenty three year old Lucy.²* In ''Film/MyLeftFoot'' 32-year-old Creator/DanielDayLewis is playing a 17-year-old teenager.²* ''My Science Project'' from 1985. All the teens are clearly in their 20s, starring Michael Harlan, born in 1961.²* To an extent in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Granted, the characters are 18, so it's far less noticeable.²* In Gregg Araki's ''Film/MysteriousSkin'', 23-year-old Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a teenager.²* In the 2007 movie ''The Namesake'', based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri, Kal Penn is Gogol/Nikhil in high school (as well as throughout his life). Kal Penn is 32, and he is only 7 years younger than the actress playing his mother (Tabu). Also, Moushumi Mazumdar is played by Zuleikha Robinson when Moushumi is in high school and in her 30s, but Robinson seems to pull it off better.²* Sacha Guitry's ''Napoleon'' has this and the inverse with the titular character. 33-year-old Daniel Gélin plays Bonaparte from his mid-teens to his early 30s, at which point 29-year-old Raymond Pellegrin takes over, that is, from Napoleon's 30s to his death in his 50s.²* Creator/AbelGance's ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'' also inverts this with the title character: Albert Dieudonné is 38 and plays Bonaparte in his early to mid 20s.²* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', 26-year old Jon Heder, 30-year old Efren Ramirez, and 25-year old Trevor Snarr all played high school students. Most of the other cast members were teenagers, though.²* ''National Lampoon's Joy of Sex'' (1984) 22-year-old Michelle Meyrink and 25-year-old Cameron Dye as teens.²* ''Neighbors,'' from 1981, has 20-year-old Lauren-Marie Taylor as the 16-year-old daughter of 32-year-old Creator/JohnBelushi.²* In ''Film/NeverBeenKissed''. Creator/DrewBarrymore plays a 25-year-old who is pretending to be a high school student, and no one [[OlderThanTheyLook thinks she looks too old]]. In real life, Barrymore was 23 for the duration of filming. David Arquette, who plays her younger brother, is actually four years ''older'' than her. Averted with at least two of her fellow students -- Creator/LeeleeSobieski and Creator/JessicaAlba were 15 and 17 respectively when the film was made.²* ''Film/TheNeverendingStory:'' The Childlike Empress, immortal and described in the book as looking no more than 10 years of age, is played by 21-year-old Julie Cox in the 3rd movie, and Ms. Cox is credited as "The Empress." ²* ''The New Guy'' -- 22-year-old Creator/ElizaDushku and 24-year-old Creator/DJQualls as teens.²* ''Film/NightOfTheComet'' - 25-year-old Catherine Mary Stewart as 18-year-old Reggie. 24-year-old Kelli Maroney as 16-year-old Sam.²* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' is hard pressed to find a single genuine teen or high-school-aged actor in the series:²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'':²*** 20-year-old Creator/HeatherLangenkamp²*** 21-year-old Creator/JohnnyDepp²*** 23-year-old Amanda Wyss²*** 21-year-old Nick Corri²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'':²*** 27-year-old Mark Patton²*** 19-year-old Lisa Webber²*** 20-year-old Robert Russler²*** 24-year-old Sydney Walsh²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'':²*** 24-year-old Jennifer Rubin²*** 20-year-old Bradley Gregg²*** 20-year-old Ira Haiden²*** 20-year-old Penelope Sundrow²*** 19-year-old Ken Sagoes²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'':²*** 23-year-old Creator/LisaWilcox²*** 20-year-old Danny Hassel²*** 19-year-old Creator/TuesdayKnight²*** 20-year-old Rodney Eastman²*** 21-year-old Ken Sagoes²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild'':²*** 24-year-old Creator/LisaWilcox²*** 23-year-old Creator/KellyJoMinter²*** 21-year-old Danny Hassel²*** 26-year-old Erika Anderson²*** 29-year-old Joe Seely ²** ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'':²*** 27-year-old Lezlie Deane ²** ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'':²*** 24-year-old Tracy Middendorf ²** ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010'':²*** 22-year-old Kyle Gallner²*** 24-year-old Creator/RooneyMara²*** 22-year-old Katie Cassidy²*** 21-year-old Thomas Dekker²*** 24-year-old Kellan Lutz²* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' has a mostly 20-something cast playing teens, and also lampshaded with an elderly woman as an [[Film/NeverBeenKissed undercover reporter pretending to be a student]].²* Lucy Tyler was 22 when she filmed the movie ''"'80s Superstars Reborn"'' playing the role of Traci from 15 to 18.²* ''Nowhere (1996)'' by Gregg Araki -- Creator/MenaSuvari and Joshua Gibran Mayweather were both teens, but the rest were between 20 and 40 years old²* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' - 21-year-old Creator/JulietteLewis as teenaged Mallory Knox.²** 26-year-old Creator/AshleyJudd as 18-year-old Grace Mulberry in a deleted scene.²* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' - 23-year-old Juliette Lewis as teenaged Kate Fuller²* ''The Other Sister'' - 26-year-old Juliette Lewis as 18-year-old Carla Tate.²* ''The Outfit'': Notorious gangster Dutch Schultz, who died at age 33, is played by 53-year-old Creator/LanceHenriksen. Lucky Luciano, who would have been in his 30s at the time the movie takes place, is played by 48-year-old Billy Drago.²* The 1983 film version of SE Hinton's ''Film/TheOutsiders'' cast a then 31-year-old Creator/PatrickSwayze to play the protagonist's 20-year-old elder brother.²* Sometimes the whole point of a character is that it is a child being played by an adult:²** Pee-wee Herman is an ambiguous man-child who is always referred to as a "boy" but is played by the obviously adult Creator/PaulReubens. In the live ''Pee-wee Herman Show'' performed with the Groundlings, as well as ''Film/PeeweesBigAdventure'', Pee-wee has a number of friends who are also adults playing children.²** In ''Film/{{Clifford}}'', the 43-year-old Martin Short plays the 10-year-old Clifford. Forced perspective, body doubles, and oversized props serve to make the character look child-sized.²* In ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried'' 32-year-old Kathleen Turner plays 40-year-old Peggy Sue. So far, so good. PeggySue is then transported back to her senior year of high school, and Turner also plays the 18-year-old version of Peggy Sue.²* ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt'' -- Music/CourtneyLove portrays Althea. Althea is 17 years old at the beginning, and Larry just can't believe that she's a day over 18. Courtney Love was 31 and looks it.²* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' had the titular character's sidekicks fall under this even after bumping their age up from the novels. [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians In the book]], Annabeth is 13, while in the movie she's 16, and actress Alexandria Daddario was 24 at the time of filming. Similarly, Brandon T. Jackson was 25 also playing a high schooler. This is even more jarring considering that in their most prominent roles coming into the film, they were already playing adults: Daddario in ''Series/WhiteCollar'' and Jackson in ''Film/TropicThunder''. This trope will be very present in the sequel, which was filmed three years later with the same leads.²** Justified in Grover's case, as he is said to look older than the others (he has a goatee in the first book already) and is in fact 24, although since satyrs age half as fast as humans, he is the equivalent of a human 12-year-old.²* ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' tells the story of a shy 13-year-old high school freshman being befriended by a bunch of 17-year-old seniors. Given how implausible this is, Dawson Casting actually makes the story ''more'' believable.²* ''Film/PhantasmII'' - 26-year-old James LeGros as 19-year-old Mike Pearson²* In ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' 16-year-old Butch Patrick played 12-year-old Milo.²* ''Pirates of Silicon Valley'' -- 27-year-old Noah Wyle and 31-year-old Anthony Michael Hall as teenaged Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.²* In ''Film/PitchPerfect'', about college a cappella groups, the characters are supposed to be college age, from 18 to 22. However, most of the cast was 25 and older. In fact, Anna Camp (Aubrey) was 30.²* ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' has 22-year-old Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, 23-year-old Creator/TobeyMaguire, 25-year-old Creator/PaulWalker, and others, as high school teens. ²* In the 1920 silent film ''Pollyanna'', 27-year-old Creator/MaryPickford plays a 12-year-old girl. Pickford was famous during much of her career for playing child characters: cf. ''The Poor Little Rich Girl'', ''Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm'', ''Through the Back Door'', ''Literature/LittleLordFauntleroy'' (in which she played a 10-year-old ''boy''...[[PlayingGertrude and his mother]]), and ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'' (in which the first half of the movie has no parallel in the book, but was invented purely so she could play the character as a child). In ''Sparrows'', she is 34, but she plays a young teenager. Her co-stars for most of the film are children ranging from about age six to age 10, so if she were obviously much older, it would show up in contrast to the real children, but it doesn't.²* In ''Film/BrokenBlossoms'', 26-year-old Creator/LillianGish plays 15-year-old Lucy Burrows.²* In ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', Dominique Dunne was 23, playing 16-year-old Dana.²* ''Film/{{Porkys}}'', probably the prototypical teen sex farce, featured an entire cast over 20 playing high school students, so that it could actually show nudity.²* This trope is ''constantly'' invoked in porno films: Any actress that qualifies as flat chested is usually cast as a "teenager", even if they've looked like they've popped a couple of kids or have been traveling the strip club circuit for a bit too long. Infamous director Max Hardcore made a cottage industry of hiring short/flat chested actresses, dressing them in toddler clothes, and filming the scenes as if he were making some sort of underground child porn video.²* ''Film/PortraitOfJennie'': When introduced, the titular character is about 13 and played by a 29-year-old JenniferJones.²* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' -- 35-year-old Stacy Chbosky as 19-year-old Cheryl Dempsey. [[spoiler: Cheryl is the FinalGirl of the film, and her age is carefully handled in that the view of Cheryl at the beginning is shown only through the shaky, grainy, damaged footage of the killer's JitterCam, so she's hard to see. After a few dark, far-away shots, Cheryl/Stacy wears a mask for 8 years before we see her face again, which is probably aged from stress and malnutrition, plus that Chbosky looks sort of young for 35.]]²* ''Film/{{Powder}}'': The title character is played by Sean Patrick Flanery at age 30. However, in a sort of subversion, he's actually passable as a teenager even so. Maybe partially because he's shaved bald for the part of Powder, it makes it harder to judge age.²* None of the actors in ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' were actually in high school; Becky G (Trini) was 19, [=RJ=] Cyler (Billy) and Dacre Montgomery (Jason) were 21, Naomi Scott (Kimberly) was 23, and, most egregiously, Ludi Lin (Zack) was ''28'', and pushing '''30''' by the time the movie was out. Though, it wasn't as noticeable as the show due to the way the characters were portrayed.²** Also helped that Ludi Lin [[OlderThanTheyLook does not look like he's pushing 30]]. He even mentioned in an interview shortly after the film's release that when he visited his old high school to observe in an attempt to get an idea of how to portray Zack, he managed to, ''successfully'', convince a group of kids to show him around by posing as a transfer student. It wasn't until one of his old teachers asked him why he was there that anybody noticed that he wasn't really a student. ²* In ''Film/{{Precious}}'' 16-year-old Precious Jones is played by 26-year-old Gabourey Sidibe. Not quite that obvious because of the way she was dressed and the fact that Sidibe does not look her age.²* ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'':²** The [[Series/PrideAndPrejudice1995 BBC adaptation from 1995]] included Julia Sawalha (then in her late twenties) as 15-year-old Lydia Bennet. (Fortunately, Sawalha had not only the chops but the face to pull it off.)²** The [[Film/PrideAndPrejudice1940 1940 adaptation]] plays this trope straight. 36-year-olds Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/GreerGarson played 28-year-old Mr. Darcy and 20-year-old Lizzie respectively.²* Creator/HowardStern in his film ''Literature/PrivateParts'' played an 18-year-old version of himself... He was 42 at the time. The incongruity is extremely obvious when we first see him walking around campus, and Stern (as a {{narrator}}) comments that "[[LampshadeHanging for this movie you've got to suspend disbelief]]."²* Inverted in the 2018 film "''A Private War''", about the late journalist [[ Marie Colvin]]. She is portrayed by Creator/RosamundPike, who at then 39, was 5--'''''17''''' years younger than Colvin was during the time period depicted in the film.²* The ''Prom Night'' franchise.²** The original ''Film/PromNight1980'' had 20-year-old Creator/JamieLeeCurtis (Kim), 21-year-old Anne-Marie Martin (Wendy), and 23-year-old Jeff Wincott (Drew), alongside a bunch of other 20-something actors who's exact birth dates are unknown. David Mucci as Lou was especially jarring, and Joy Thompson (who played Jude) mentioned how surreal it was to walk down a high school hallway again. ²** ''Film/HelloMaryLouPromNightII'' had 30-year-old Lisa Schrage (Mary Lou), 21-year-old Louis Ferreira (Craig), and 29-year-old Terri Hawkes (Kelly), alongside Wendy Lyon (Vicki) and Beverly Hendry (Monica), who would've definitely had to be legal adults to film some of the content. Also, many viewers laugh at the flashbacks with the younger Billy Nordon (played by Steve Atkinson), who already had a receding hairline. Averted with 18-year-old Brock Simpson (Josh). ²** ''Film/PromNightIIITheLastKiss'' has 23-year-old Cynthia Preston (Sarah), 22-year-old Dylan Neal (Andrew), and 25-year-old Jeremy Ratchford (Leonard). As the writer / co-director, Ron Oliver, said, "While I love Tim [Conlon, as Alex] and David [Stratton, as Shane] and Courtney [Taylor, as Mary Lou] and all of them, and think they did very well given what I saddled them with, I think I made a huge mistake in not casting 18-year-olds versus almost-30-year-olds. It just feels off. But live and learn."²** ''Film/PromNightIVDeliverUsFromEvil'' had 22-year-old Nicole de Boer (Megan), 24-year-old J.H. Wyman (Mark), 26-year-old Joy Tanner (Laura), and 21-year-old Colin D. Simpson (Larry). Averted with 18-year-old Fab Filippo (Jonathan). ²** In ''Film/PromNight2008'', Creator/BrittanySnow (Donna), Jessica Stroup (Claire), and Collins Pennie (Ronnie) were 22, Kelly Blatz (Michael) was 20, Jana Cramer (April) was 24, Brianne Davis (Crissy) was 26, Scott Porter (Bobby) was 28, and Dana Davis (Lisa) was 29, all playing high school seniors. ²* Richard Wilson was 21 when he played Mikey in ''Film/TheProposition'', who is implied to be about 14.²* Creator/JohnnyDepp was 46 when he starred as John Dillinger in ''Film/PublicEnemies''. The real John Dillinger was killed at the ripe old age of 31.²* 20-year-old Sally Thomsett played 11-year-old Phyllis in ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'', and was forbidden by contract to reveal her age during the making of the film.²* The 1956 film adaptation of the stage play ''The Rainmaker'' featured a 49-year old Creator/KatharineHepburn playing a woman who is supposedly only in her late 20s or early 30s yet is considered undesirable because she is "plain" (often delivered with a viciousness suggesting that what the other characters really mean is ugly -- even though it's Katharine Hepburn, even a middle aged Katharine Hepburn) and thus doomed to never start a family of her own (and technically Hepburn was too old to have kids safely by that point in real life). This is blatantly, almost laughably obvious in the scenes with her family, where she is clearly old enough to be the wife of the actor playing her father and clearly older than Lloyd Bridges, who played her "big brother" and just makes her performance feel bizarre rather than sympathetic as she tries to play a part she was clearly too old for.²* The 19-year-old title character in ''Rambling Rose'' was played by 24-at-the-time Creator/LauraDern.²* ''Film/{{Reanimator}}'': Both Creator/JeffreyCombs and Bruce Abbott were 31-year-olds playing medical school students, though it is unclear just exactly how old their characters are supposed to be.²* The original ''Film/RedDawn1984'': Creator/CharlieSheen and Creator/PatrickSwayze are cast as teenage brothers. Sheen was 18 at the time, but Swayze was 31! ²* ''Film/RedState,'' filmed in 2010, is about three high school boys who travel to meet a woman and get more than they bargained for. The boys include Billy Ray (22-year-old Nicholas Braun), Travis (23-year-old Michael Angarano), and Jared (24-year-old Kyle Gallner). The woman they travel to meet, 38-year-old Sarah Cooper, is played by 50-year-old Melissa Leo.²* In the 1986 GirlsBehindBars parody flick ''Film/ReformSchoolGirls'', Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics plays a character ostensibly a teen despite being an undisguised 36.²* ''Film/LaReineMargot'' stars Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Auteuil, who were 40 when they played a queen and king who were historically 19. Auteuil shows his age, but many have expressed surprise that Adjani was any older than her twenties.²* In ''Film/RememberTheTitans'', most of the actors playing the 16- to 18-year-old high school football players were well into their twenties, and Wood Harris was 31, a year older than the actress who played the wife of Creator/DenzelWashington. However, Creator/RyanGosling as one of the players was about 19 and KateBosworth as the girlfriend of one of the players was 17.²* ''Film/{{Rent}}'' has this as a side effect of using the original Broadway cast, nine years after the play first ran. Characters meant to be twentysomethings out of college are played by people in their thirties.²* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the 45 year old Anakin Skywalker is played by 80 year old Sebastian Shaw. It's hard to tell, though, given how much Vader's life has screwed him up.²* ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' has 30-year-old Robert Carradine, 31-year-old Curtis Armstrong and 27-year-old Timothy Busfield as kids just starting college.²* ''Film/RidingInCarsWithBoys'' features 26-year-old Creator/DrewBarrymore as 15-year-old Beverly. Beverly's best friend is played by 24-year-old Brittany Murphy, Beverly's boyfriend is played by 34-year-old Steve Zahn. The movie spans from when teen Beverly gives birth to a baby boy named Jason, until Jason grows up to be a teenager himself, played by 28-year-old Adam Garcia. ²* George Mather was 42 when he portrayed 22-year-old college student Lewis B. Moffet in ''Film/RingOfTerror''. Most of the cast catches grief from [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel and the bots]] for looking too old for their roles.²* Any movie that Creator/RiverPhoenix made after 1989. ²* In ''RobBHood'', Creator/JackieChan, who was 52 years old in 2006, nevertheless plays a professional burglar with family problems who ends up having to care for a baby for several days. He engages in his usual acrobatic and martial arts stunts alongside his co-star Louis Koo, who plays Chan's character's partner-in-crime, who is 16 years younger than Chan.²** In ''DrunkenMasterTwo'', he played the same character at the same age as the original ''DrunkenMaster'' despite being the same age as the man who played his father.²* In ''Film/RockNRollHighSchool'', almost all the "teen" actors are, at the youngest, in their mid twenties. (An exception was Loren Lester, who was actually of high-school age during the time of filming.) The main character, Riff, was played by 29-year-old P.J. Soles. The sequel ''Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever'' also features a teen cast of twenty somethings.²* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': Juliet is explicitly said to be 13, and Romeo is repeatedly called a "youth," so he's probably not much older. Mercutio is a good friend, so he's probably a comparable age to Romeo. Examples of noticeably older actors taking the roles:²** ''Romeo and Juliet'' (1936): Leslie Howard, at 43, played Romeo and Juliet was played by 34-year-old Norma Shearer). Even more geriatric was John Barrymore, Sr. as Mercutio, who was ''fifty-four'' at the time.²** ''Film/{{Romeo and Juliet|1968}}'' (1968): At the time of filming, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting were 15 and 17 respectively. This was considered a radical innovation at the time, and much of the film's success was due to the stars' very believable youthful passion.²** ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' (1996): Leonardo Di Caprio was in his 20s, and Claire Danes (playing the 13-year-old Juliet) was actually sixteen. They almost averted this trope, as Creator/NataliePortman (aged 14) had been initially cast in the role. However, during rehearsals it was thought that she looked ''too'' young in comparison to Di Caprio, and the part was recast.²* ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'': Mira Sorvino (29) and Lisa Kudrow (33) play their teen selves in flashback scenes, as well as their peers, such as Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, who was also 33. ²* ''Film/TheRoom'': Denny, the youngest character in the movie (who is said to be starting college, but it's never made clear), was played by Philip Haldiman, one of the oldest members of the cast. ²* ''Film/TheRoommate'' is pretty bad. Minka Kelly, born in 1980 and Leighton Meester, born in 1986, play college freshmen. Freshmen born during the setting of this film would have been born in 1992.²* ''Film/{{Rudy}} (1993)'' - The film starts off with 22-year-old Sean Astin and 26-year-old Creator/LiliTaylor as teens in a high school class.²* Used distractingly in ''Running With Scissors'', in which the audience is expected to believe that 20-year-old Joseph Cross is Augusten Burroughs at as young an age as about 13. Creator/EvanRachelWood's character is supposed to be of a similar age, and she's no more convincing. Considering that neither of them look nor act at all like middle schoolers, what age they're supposed to be is straight-up confusing -- and then surprising, once Augusten is stated late in the film to be fourteen.²* ''Film/SaveTheLastDance'': the leading male was in his 30s playing a high-school senior (somewhat convincingly.)²* ''Film/SayAnything'' - 23-year-old Creator/JohnCusack and 22-year-old Creator/LiliTaylor as high school students going into the summer immediately after graduation.²* Parodied in ''Film/ScaryMovie''. In a "If this were a movie" conversation, one character says "We'd be played by actors in their late 20s/early 30s". The characters then pause for a moment, letting the phrase sink in.²* A minor example from ''Film/SchoolOfRock'': while all the kids were around the right age (Music/MirandaCosgrove was only 9), Kevin Clark, who plays Freddie Jones, was pushing 14 -- as his husky, cracking voice leads the viewer to suspect.²* ''Film/ScottPilgrim'' plays this trope straight with Knives Chau (17) and Stacie Pilgrim (19), both are played by actresses who are (or almost) 25. Making both older than Creator/MichaelCera, who is 22. [[note]]Scott's given age is reduced from the Graphic Novel's 23, probably to match Cera's age. Or to make his relationship with Knives less sketchy.[[/note]] "Young" Neil (20) is a borderline case; his actor is nearly 24. The rest of the cast largely averts this, if their ages are known.²** ''Knives:'' "He only likes her because she's really old. [[LampshadeHanging She's probably like 25!]]"²* [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} The first film]] in the ''Film/{{Scream}}'' series stars an entire cast of mid-20s actors playing 17-year-old students. Neve Campbell and Creator/RoseMcGowan at 23, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard at 26 (older than David Arquette, who plays the 25-year-old deputy Dewey), Creator/DrewBarrymore being closest to her characters age at 21 years old. Although considering the satiric nature of the film this was probably intentional.²** [[Film/{{Scream 2}} The first sequel]] continues this with Elise Neal as a college student, playing a contemporary of Neve Campbell at the age of 31. Also played straight with 29-year-old Timothy Olyphant as Mickey, also a college student with Campbell's character Sidney.²** [[Film/{{Scream4}} The third sequel]] has a rare aversion with Creator/EmmaRoberts (who though 20 by the time of its release was 19 during filming), although played straight with Creator/HaydenPanettiere (who celebrated her 21st birthday during filming -- though she averts this trope elsewhere on this page) and the rest of the cast with 21-year-olds Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, and Lucy Hale, as well as 20-year-olds Aimee Teegarden and Shenae Grimes. ²* Both {{inverted|Trope}} and played straight in ''Film/{{Scrooge|1970}}'', where both the [[HollywoodOld elder]] Scrooge and his young self were played by Albert Finney, then in his early 30s.²* ''Film/SearchingForSonny'' is about a ten-year reunion, but all the actors play both their present-day selves and the flashbacks to their high school days. Creator/MasiOka, who plays title character Sonny, was 37 at the time of filming and managed to pass for both 28 and a teenager.²* Creator/SelmaBlair was subject to this a lot.²** ''Film/CantHardlyWait'' featured many old teens, especially Selma Blair at age 26.²** ''Debutante'' -- 26-year-old Blair plays a 17-year-old.²** ''Girl'' (1998) -- 26-year-old Blair plays bookish high school senior Darcy.²** ''Film/CruelIntentions'' -- All of the actors are well out of their teens, especially Blair at age 27 who is supposedly younger than the other characters and has Film/NeverBeenKissed.²** ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' -- 28-year-old Selma Blair played a college student.²** For more, see the Television section.²* ''Film/SerialMom'' -- 26-year-old Ricki Lake and 24-year-old Matthew Lillard as the teen children of a serial mom. ²* Creator/MarilynMonroe was 28 years old when she played The Girl in ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'', who is 22 years old. In the original play, however, The Girl is 16 years old.²* ''Film/{{Sextette}}'': It's painfully obvious that 85-year-old Mae West is trying to pass herself off as someone about half a century younger.²* ''Film/SheFoughtAlone'', stars 22-year-old Brian Austin Green and 21-year-old Tiffani Amber Thiessen as high school kids.²* ''Film/TheShining'' -- 5-year-old Danny Torrence is played by a 6-year-old in the 1980 version, and a 10-year-old in the 1997 version.²* Also done in the similar spoof ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', although never addressed.²* ''Sid and Nancy'': 28-year-old Creator/GaryOldman as Sid Vicious, who died at age 21. 30-year-old Chloe Webb as Nancy Spungen, who died at age 20.²* In ''Film/SinCity'' Creator/JessicaAlba (who otherwise generally avoids this trope) played 19-year-old Nancy Callahan.²* In ''Sing'', 23-year-old Jessica Steen (''Earth 2'') played 18-year-old high school beauty Hannah Gottschalk, whilst 25-year-old Peter Dobson played 18-year-old Dominic Zametti.²* ''Film/SisterAct 2: Back in the Habit:'' Nuns help some wayward youths, and while most of the youths avert this trope, there's still a couple of 20-something-year-old teens played by Devin Kamin and Ron Johnson.²* ''Film/SlaughterHigh'', a slasher movie from 1986, is about a group of high schoolers (probably seniors, supposedly 17 or 18) whose prank on a nerd goes bad. Cut to a supposed high school reunion where they get picked off one by one. The usual high school reunion is 10 years later (supposedly when they're 27 or 28). One would think that they'd find actors at the halfway point, maybe 22 years of age. Instead, they have Frank, played by 29-year-old Billy Hartman; Marty, played by 30-year-old Simon Scuddamore; and Carol, played by '''37-year-old''' Caroline Munro... more like second high school reunion, AmIRight²* Mostly averted in the original ''Film/SleepawayCamp'', but for the rest of the series, some of the teens are pre-teens, some of the teens are teens, some are teens are 20-something, and one is undercover: Angela is pretending to be a teen camper in ''[[Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland Teenage Wasteland]]'', and making up various excuses for why she looks old. Some of the excuses are funny, such as mentioning the fluoride in her drinking water, and some are sad, such as when a guy says that she doesn't look like a teen, she must have had a hard life, to which she agrees.²** A classic example would be Jill Terashita, who played biker chick Arab in the third film -- she was about 25 at the time of the film, just a couple years younger than Pamela Springsteen, who played Angela in ''Sleepaway Camp II'' and ''III''.²* The trope comes into play in ''{{Sleepers}}'' when the narrative jumps from 1967 to 1983. Nobody besides the four boys is played by a different actor and no effort was made to make the other actors appear older.²* All of the so-called 'students' in ''Film/SleepyHollowHigh'' appear to be in their early 20s or older.²* ''Film/TheSlumberPartyMassacre'' franchise features nothing but 20-somethings as high school students.²* Harold Perrineau was 32 when he played 17 year old Thomas in ''Film/{{Smoke}} (1995)''. Oddly, he was only two years younger than Creator/ForestWhitaker who plays his father.²* ''Film/SnowDay'' has 24-year old Creator/EmanuelleChriqui and 27-year old Creator/DavidPaetkau play high school students Claire Bonner and Chuck Wheeler. However, Creator/MarkWebber, Creator/SchuylerFisk, and Creator/JAdamBrown were all in their teens when they made this movie.²* ''Film/{{Snowden}}'' (2016) - As the title card states, "The following is a dramatization of actual events that occurred between 2004 and 2013." He starts off as a freshman in college. At the end, Edward Snowden is stated to be 29, making him 20 at the beginning. Filmed in 2015 when Creator/JosephGordonLevitt was around 34.²* ''Some Kind of Beautiful'' casts Creator/MalcolmMcDowell (born in 1943) and Creator/PierceBrosnan (born in 1953) as father and son.²* ''Some Kind of Wonderful'' features a cast of 20-somethings as high school students, most around the age of 26.²* In ''Film/SpaceCamp'', the teenage members of the Blue Team were all in their low- to mid-20s. During filming, Lea Thompson and Larry B. Scott were both 24. Tate Donovan was 23, and Kelly Preston was 22. {{Averted|Trope}} with Joaquin (Leaf) Phoenix; he was only 10, and likely younger than the character he was playing.²* ''Film/TheSpecialist'' had 36-year-old Creator/SharonStone playing a character who's explicitly stated to be a "young woman" in her early-to-mid [=20s=].²* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Creator/TobeyMaguire and Creator/JamesFranco were about 26 and 23, respectively, playing high school seniors. Many of the other actors playing teens were of a similar age. Joe Manganiello, who plays Flash, noted that the actor playing the man in charge of the laboratory housing the radioactive spider was younger than at least one actor playing a teen. The production staff shaved the male cast members three times a day to avoid five-o'clock shadow during filming. ²* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'':²** Creator/AndrewGarfield, who portrays the character in the 2012 [[ContinuityReboot reboot film]], is 27 playing a high school student.²** The movie also has 22-year-old Creator/EmmaStone as Gwen Stacy, Peter's classmate and love interest.²** 27-year-old Chris Zylka played high school student Flash Thompson.²** [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 The sequel]] has 27-year-old Dane [=DeHaan=] as Harry Osborn, who is around the same age as Peter and Gwen.²* The [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar third]] [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming Spider-Man]], Tom Holland, is a lesser case, being a 19 year old playing a 15 year old high school freshman.²* ''Film/StandAndDeliver'' features a 25-year-old Lou Diamond Phillips playing a high school senior.²* The 1974 Soviet movie "Скворец и лира" ("The Starling and the Lyre"), featured Lyubov Orlova as a supposedly young character. Of course, no amount of tricks managed to get the 70+ actress to look the part, so the movie was nicknamed "Склероз и климакс" ("The Sclerosis and the Climacteric"), and mothballed at Orlova's own request.²* The four actors who played the supposedly high-school aged Juan Rico, Dizzy Flores, Carmen Ibanez, and Carl Jenkins in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' were between 25 and 30 at the time.²* In the ''Film/StarterForTen'', Creator/JamesMcAvoy, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, Creator/AliceEve and Creator/RebeccaHall all play 19 to 21 year olds despite being in their late 20's, early 30's in real life²** Creator/CatherineTate plays Brian's Mom, despite being just 11 years older than Brian actor James Mcavoy.²* In ''Film/StarTrek2009'', most of the cast is semi-plausibly close to the ages of recent Starfleet Academy graduates. However, Creator/JohnCho is 37 years old, playing the 21-year-old Sulu. Creator/KarlUrban is also 37, though he's closer to his character's official age of 30. And Creator/ZoeSaldana (Uhura) is 31.²* ''Film/{{Stigmata}}'' starred 31-year-old Patricia Arquette as a 22-year-old.²* ''Strangeland:'' 23-year-old Creator/LindaCardellini as 15-year-old Genevieve Gage.²* Inverted in ''The Suburbans'', about a OneHitWonder group from the early 1980s aiming for a comeback in the late 1990s with the help of a young record company executive -- who turns out to have been a huge (and their only remaining real) fan of the band since she was seven. The executive is played by Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, who was 19 at the time -- and who would have been ''two years old'' at the time of their hit. Produced by Creator/JJAbrams, which explains a lot.²* In ''Film/SummerMagic'' had 22 year old Deborah Walley playing 16 year old Julia, the rest of the teenage characters were played by actors closer in age.²* Discussed in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''. WhiteDwarfStarlet Norma Desmond, for her comeba--excuse me, ''[[InsistentTerminology return]]''--role, plans to play the 16-year-old [[Literature/TheBible Salome]].²* The casting of the title role in 1984's ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' isn't too bad by the usual standards of this trope; Creator/HelenSlater was 19 at the time, playing a high school age girl. But her roommate Lucy Lane? Actress Maureen Teefy was 29 at the time the movie was made!²* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' movie ''Film/{{Superstar}}'' had high school students who were mostly in their 20s. Leading roles go to Elaine Hendrix, 29, Creator/WillFerrell, 32, and Molly Shannon, 35. Apparently, that was supposed to add to the humor.²* 1987's ''Summer School'' is about a gym teacher who must teach "summer school" to a motley crew of teens, including easily distracted Pam (20-year-old Courtney Thorne-Smith); "nocturnal" Larry, a male stripper (29-year-old Ken Olandt); football jock Kevin (22-year-old Patrick Labyorteaux); geeky Alan (21-year-old Richard Steven Horvitz); dyslexic Denise (21-year-old Creator/KellyJoMinter); beautiful Italian transfer student, Anna-Maria (23-year-old Fabiana Udenio); and two horror-film-obsessed underachievers, Dave (25-year-old Gary Riley) and Francis, a.k.a. 'Chainsaw' (25-year-old Dean Cameron).²* Played with in ''Film/Suspiria1977'': For his horror classic, Creator/DarioArgento wanted to have the students of the girls' boarding school to be prepubescent to increase the emotional impact and play into the dark fairy tale theme. His producers nixed the idea because of the difficulties of hiring and working with so many child actors on such a project. Argento compensated by having all the students (played by actresses in their 20s) behave immaturely and building sets that made them look small.²* ''Film/TakeMeHomeTonight'' is about a group of characters in their early twenties but much of the cast is ten years (or more) older. Creator/AnnaFaris and Dan Fogler in particular were both 34 playing fresh university graduates. The difference in appearance between them and those characters who ''are'' played by actors in their early/mid twenties is quite jarring.²* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', the 25-year-old Maggie Grace's character is repeatedly stated to be 17, not old enough to leave the country without both parents' permission. Oddly enough, the character's friend is pointedly stated to be two years older than her, though the actress Katie Cassidy is three years her junior. But amazingly enough Creator/LiamNeeson, who plays the father of Maggie's character, actually ''IS'' old enough to be her father in real life (born in 1952 Neeson would have been 29 when Maggie was born). ²* The 1984 comedy ''Teachers'' subverted this trope. In the film, actor [[ Anthony Heald]] (who would later go on to play Dr. Frederick Chilton in ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'') plays a narcotics cop whose undercover at a High School. Heald was 40 at the time, but could have easily passed for 30. The subversion came from the fact that every student at the school knew he was an undercover cop, and was far older than the other students, but no one ever let on that they knew.²* ''Film/TeenWolf'' -- 24-year-old Michael J. Fox as Scott, 27-year-old Mark Holton as Chubby, 28-year-old Mark Arnold as Mick, 28-year-old Susan Ursitti as Boof, 28-year-old Jerry Levine as Stiles.²* ''Film/TeenageCaveman''. Robert Vaughn was only 26 when playing the titular character, but looked older due to the brylcreem (which somehow survived the apocalypse).²* ''Teenage Hitchhikers'' from 1974 fails to have any teens at all.²* ''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' had no actual teenagers in the cast. Or, as Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 said, ''"Really Old Teenagers from Outer Space."''²* In ''Film/{{Teeth}}'', then-26-year-old Jess Weixler plays the teenaged Dawn O'Keefe.²* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Linda Hamilton was 28 playing 19-year-old Sarah Connor. In ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T2]]'', she was 35 and the character was 29. John was a strange case. At the beginning of ''T2'', the police computer shows John's DOB as 1985, and his age as 10 (making the setting of the movie 1995). Creator/EdwardFurlong was 13 at the time. In the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third film]], they establish John's age as about 13 when he stopped attending school, subverting the trope but setting the second film two years later. Interestingly, perhaps noticing that Linda Hamilton was clearly not a teenager in the [[Film/TheTerminator original film]], the opening narration of ''T3'' retcons Sarah's age saying she was 23 years old when the Terminator attacked her in the first film. (plus, Sarah's tombstone has her only 3 years younger than Hamilton) ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' follows suit by again featuring Sarah in 1984 while played by a 28 year old, Creator/EmiliaClarke.²* In "Terror in the Wax Museum", Margaret is a minor, but is played by an actress in her late 20s.²* ''Film/{{The Three Musketeers|1973}}'': d'Artagnan is eighteen years old at the beginning of the novel, and as such noticeably younger than his three comrades, but although d'Artagnan actually looks quite youthful, Michael York was 31.²* In ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration'', Creator/ReneeZellweger is a 24-year-old high school senior. Her friends look older.²* The actors in ''Film/ThreeOClockHigh'': Richard Tyson and Casey Siemaszko were both 26 and playing high school students.²* Audie Murphy played himself from his late teens to early twenties in ''To Hell and Back'', made ten years later. It wasn't too bad, as he remained quite young-looking as well as short.²* The 2013 teen sex comedy ''Film/TheToDoList'' prudently uses this. Sexually curious high school valedictorian is played by 29 year old Creator/AubreyPlaza. In fact the youngest actor playing a major role is 24 year old Alia Shawkat.²* In 1983, 21-year-old Creator/TomCruise played a teen in four different movies, ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', ''Losin' It'', ''Film/RiskyBusiness'', and ''All the Right Moves''.²* ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' had 32-year-old Thomas Haden Church as the 19-year-old Billy Clanton.²* 19-year-old Summer Bishil played a 13-year-old in ''{{Towelhead}}''. This is somewhat lampshaded by a line even featured in the trailer in when hearing her age a character responds "You look older." There is no way such a young actress would ever be cast in a movie with its sexual content.²* ''Film/TrueGrit 1969'' has 21-year-old Kim Darby playing 14-year-old Mattie Ross.²* Creator/AlexisBledel was 21 years old when she played 15-year-old Winnie in ''Film/TuckEverlasting'' (the character had already been aged from a child to a teen in order to accommodate her.) At 29 she played a teenager in ''Film/VioletAndDaisy'' and was thirteen years older than her actually teenage co-star Creator/SaoirseRonan.²* Parodied and played straight in ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''. Many of the characters who are actually in high school were played by actors in their twenties, while Creator/JonahHill and Creator/ChanningTatum played police officers in their twenties who were going undercover as high schoolers. Tatum in particular was really pushing it--this is of course {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.²* Parodied and lampshaded even harder in the sequel, ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'', when they try to pass off as college students. Nobody believes them, and the other students assume they're just creepy older guys trying to act cool and young.²* The 1983 movie ''Film/UncommonValor,'' 31-year-old Creator/PatrickSwayze plays Kevin Scott, a Force Recon Marine with no combat experience. When asked how long he was in Vietnam, he replies that he wasn't in Vietnam because he was too young, meaning below the draft age of 18 until U.S. involvement ended in 1973, when Patrick Swayze was 21.²* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'':²** Selene was sired by Viktor when she was 19, and as an unaging vampire she should probably look about the same age. She's played by then 30-year old Creator/KateBeckinsale in the first movie.²** In the fourth movie Selene's hybrid daughter Eve was raised in a laboratory for the first 12 years of her life until they meet face to face. She's played by 18-year old actress India Eisley.²* In the film ''Film/{{Unfaithful}}'', while a specific age is not given, we are led to believe that Oliver Martinez' character is much younger than Creator/DianeLane (37 at the time of filming). Her husband is shocked at how young he is when he encounters him, and later blasts his cheating wife--"you threw our life away for some f--king KID!". However, Martinez is only a year younger than Lane.²* All the named students in ''Film/VampireAcademy'' are supposed to be 17-year-old, except the 16-year-old Mia Rinaldi. They are almost all played by actors in their twenties:²** Rose Hathaway is played by 20-year-old Zoey Deutch.²** Lissa Dragomir is played by 22-year-old Lucy Fry.²** Christian Ozera is played by 24-year-old Dominic Sherwood.²** Natalie Dashkov is played by 24-year-old Sarah Hyland.²** Mason Ashford is played by 21-year-old Cameron Monaghan.²* ''Film/VarsityBlues'' starring the guy from ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' and a bunch of other people in their 20s as beloved high school jocks.²* ''Film/VeronicaMars:'' People in their 30s play people in their 20s.²* In Creator/PedroAlmodovar's ''Film/{{Volver}}'', actress Yohana Cobo convincingly portrays Creator/PenelopeCruz's 14-year-old daughter, despite having been 20 years old when the movie was shot.²* Parodied in ''Film/WalkHard'', where the 14-year-old version of Dewey Cox is played by 42-year-old Creator/JohnCReilly, and his 12-year-old child bride Edith is played by 34-year-old Creator/KristenWiig. The other students in the scene are a grab bag of realistic and hilariously inappropriate age. This scene was intentionally made even sillier by the fact that it is immediately preceded by 8-year-old Dewey being played by actual 8-year-old Conner Rayburn.²* In ''Film/{{Warlock}}'', a 30-year-old Lori Singer played a 20-year-old character.²* ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' has hilariously age inappropriate actors including Creator/AmyPoehler and Creator/PaulRudd playing high school aged camp counselors.²** The [[Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp prequel]], which was made 15 years after the movie, features the entire cast (many of whom are in their 40's) returning to play "younger" versions of themselves.²* Lampshaded in ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' as flashbacks depict Peter O'Toole's pivotal experiences with women in grade school, high school, and college, all with O'Toole in character (his twelve-year-old self in school uniform looking very Angus Young).²* In 2009's ''Film/WhipIt,'' 22-year-old Creator/EllenPage plays 17-year-old Bliss "Babe Ruthless" Cavendar. Hilariously, Page's character claimed to be 22 in order to slide into their UsefulNotes/RollerDerby league's age restrictions, which were actually [[TruthInTelevision accurate-to-the-time]] (many modern roller derby leagues have reduced the age requirement to 18, to allow Junior skaters to graduate directly into league play when they turn 18; copious alcohol consumption was ''much'' more a part of roller derby's culture before TheNewTens).²* In the 1954 ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', 32-year-old Vera Ellen plays Judy Haynes; Judy's age is never expressly given, but based on comments made by other characters (she is repeatedly called "kid" and "little Judy"), that she orders a malted when the others order alcohol, and that 25-year-old Rosemary Clooney plays her ''older'' sister Betty, it appears that she's supposed to be about 19.²* ''Film/WildInTheStreets'' has 22-year-old Kevin Coughlin as 15-year-old TeenGenius Billy Cage.²* ''Film/WildThings'' from 1998, 25-year-old NeveCampbell and 27-year-old Creator/DeniseRichards as 18-year-old high school seniors.²* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' inverts the trope by featuring then-17-year-old Creator/WarwickDavis as a father of two who must be in his 30s at least.²* ''Film/TheWiz'' has 33-year-old Music/DianaRoss managed to get herself cast as Dorothy, pushing out 20-year-old Stephanie Mills (who was [[Theatre/TheWiz the stage Dorothy]]) in the process. Mills herself was actually 36 the last time she played Dorothy on stage, in 1993.²* 16-year-old Creator/JudyGarland was cast as the 11-year-old Dorothy Gale in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (indeed, most people who haven't read the books don't realize Dorothy ''isn't'' supposed to be a teenager). Legend has it the studio forced her to [[SuppressedMammaries wear a tight band around her breasts to make them less noticeable]] during the filming, among the many other nasty things they did to her and other actors of the day. Meanwhile, Billie Burke played the beautiful Glinda at the age of almost 60. She was old enough to be the mother of Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West), several years older than Frank Morgan (the Wizard) and just four years younger than Clara Blandick, who played the elderly Auntie Em.²* In TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', Garp is played from age 15 and up by then-30-year-old Creator/RobinWilliams, while Creator/GlennClose [[PlayingGertrude (herself only 4 years older than him) played his mother. ]]²* From the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''²** Creator/AnnaPaquin was only a couple years older than Rogue when she was cast in the [[Film/XMen1 first movie]], but in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', six years later, she's still playing Rogue at about the same age. ²** For the original trilogy, there's also Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Ben Foster, Daniel Cudmore, and the aforementioned Creator/EllenPage, all in their 20s, portraying adolescent characters.²** 23-year-old Tim Pocock as the high school student Scott Summers in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.²** Evan Peters, who was 26 years old during filming, portrays the teenaged Peter Maximoff in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.²** Eventually inverted. The first film of the prequel series, ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', takes place in 1962; the final one, ''Film/DarkPhoenix'', takes place ''30 years later'', but was made only 8 years afterwards. None of the characters who have been in all four prequel films (Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Beast) look anywhere as old as they ought to by the end, with only Mystique (Creator/JenniferLawrence) having a plausible {{Watsonian}} HandWave to explain it.²* In the live-action movie version of ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', 13-year-old Gan Takada is portrayed by 27-year-old Shou Sakurai. The actress playing Doronjo is actually ''younger'' than Sakurai. In the anime, Doronjo is clearly ''much'' older than Gan.²* ''Film/{{Yentl}}'', with a 40-year-old Music/BarbraStreisand in the title role. In the original short story by I.B. Singer, Yentl seems to be younger than 20, although Streisand made the character 28 years old in the movie. Interesting in that the plot revolves around the main character [[SweetPollyOliver disguising herself as a young man to study in a yeshiva]], which when done by a 40-year-old woman stretches the imagination a bit. Then again, so does Streisand's [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Brooklyn accent]] in a movie set in Poland around the turn of the century. (The ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire "Mentl" summed it up perfectly by having her disguise be seen through by a blind man!) Mandy Patinkin was 30; his character Avigdor's age is never given, but he's young enough to be eagerly awaiting his wedding night.²* The 1936 Yiddish musical ''Yidl Mitn Fidl'' (''Yidl With His Fiddle'') stars the Yiddish stage icon Molly Picon, who was about 37, as a teenage girl (who poses as a boy, then falls in love).²* ''Film/YouAgain'' - All the actors are in their 20s or beyond, the actors only in high school flashbacks as well as the actors who play the past and present versions of their characters. ²* ''Film/YoungBess'' casts the 24-year-old Jean Simmons as the 14-year-old Elizabeth Tudor (future Queen Elizabeth I). This is most likely to portray the inappropriate flirtation between her and the 40-year-old Thomas Seymour in a more romantic light.²* ''Film/YourHighness'' -- 40-year-old Justin Theroux plays 19-year-old Leezar. 31-year-old Creator/ZooeyDeschanel as Belladonna, around the same age.²* ''Film/YoursMineAndOurs'' has Creator/LucilleBall and Creator/HenryFonda playing expectant parents, at the ages of 57 and 63 respectively.²* Spanish film ''Tuno negro'' has thirtysomethings playing university students. Somewhat of a fridge brilliance when you realize that this a slasher film where the murderer kills really bad students that keep repeating grades...n x ²* Zig-zagged in the 1985 TV miniseries/film adaptation of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', which had 17-year-old Megan Follows as Anne Shirley starting at [[AgeLift the age of 13]], and 19-year-old Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe. By the end of the film, the characters are at least 16 years old, and therefore closer to their actors' ages. In the 2016 Breakthrough Entertainment TV film trilogy, Ella Ballentine, initially age 15, played Anne starting at age 11, the same as in the book.²* The World's Most Famous Extra Creator/JesseHeiman has made a career out of this, playing teenaged and college aged characters well into his 30's and being believable at it because he doesn't look a day older than he did when he first started out! It's gotten to the point where he plays the classmates of people whose parents would've probably played HIS classmate a decade prior (for example, he played a fellow camper of Alyson Hannigan's in ''Film/AmericanPie2'' and a fellow student of Leonardo Dicaprio's in ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' then played the classmate of Jeremy Sisto's Daughter in ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}'' almost 10 years later even though Sisto is the same age as Hannigan and DiCaprio).²* ''Film/{{Goosebumps}}'' had 16-year-olds (who were probably either sophomores or juniors) Zach, Hannah and Champ, who were played by 18-year-olds Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee respectively. Halston Sage was 22 at that time she played Taylor.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Exceptions]]²* Jennifer Connelly was 14, the same age as her character Sarah, during her audition for and throughout filming of ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.²* ''Film/CitizenKane'': Creator/OrsonWelles was only 25 when he played the titular character, the newspaper mogul Charles Foster Kane, from age 25 until his late 70s.²* Michelle Trachtenberg was in her late teens playing 18-year-old Jenny in ''Film/EuroTrip''.²** She played the 11-year-old sixth-grader Harriet in ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', while the actress was 10 years old to the day when shooting began on October 11th, 1995 (this may have been done for labor law reasons, or it may have been a coincidence).²** She went on to play the 17-year-old lead in ''Film/IcePrincess'', filmed when she was 18. Her co-star Creator/HaydenPanettiere, whose character is around the same age as Michelle's (they're in the same grade at school), was 14 at the time.²* ''Film/HarryPotter'' is a standout case. While a number of parodies of the movies (especially ''Film/EpicMovie'') would take jabs at the supposedly young children being played by adults, the lead child actors were in fact played by children roughly the same age as their characters and as each film takes place one year later, they generally ''stayed'' the same age as their older characters. Creator/DanielRadcliffe, Creator/RupertGrint, and Creator/EmmaWatson were all roughly the same age as their characters in when they began the film series. When the films production schedules slowed down, all that ended up happening was the characters being 1-2 years younger than their actors... leading to these 17-18 year old characters being played by 20-21 year olds.²** Emma Watson actually started off younger than Hermione. In the first film, she was 10 years old playing 11-12.[[note]]Hermione is roughly ten months older than Harry, making her 12 for most of the first book/film.[[/note]]²** Aversion was also made easier by the fact that none of the core actors ended up maturing substantially (physically) by the time the final film was made, making it more plausible for them to be playing teenagers. The worst that happened was Daniel Radcliffe having a noticeable 5 o'clock shadow in the later films.²* In contrast to the above mentioned ''Literature/AmericanGirl'' actresses, Creator/AlyviaAlynLind was actually a year younger than her character Maryellen Larkin in ''Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas''. Which certainly makes sense considering the protagonists being nine or ten years of age.²* The title role in ''Film/{{Babe}}'' was played by 48 different piglets, because they grow so quickly. A ''makeup artist'' was employed to make the pigs look similar.²* All the lead actors of ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' were actual teenagers: 19-year-old Creator/HeathLedger and 17-year-old Creator/JuliaStiles, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt and Larisa Oleynik (though the latter two play fifteen-year-olds).²* Music/LindsayLohan is the same age as her characters in her early films, particularly ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' and ''Film/MeanGirls''. Inverted in ''[[Film/TheLoveBug Herbie: Fully Loaded]]'' when she played a university graduate at the age of 19.²* Sue Lyon was 14, and playing 14, when she filmed ''Literature/{{Lolita}}''. (In the original novel, Lolita was 12; the character's age was raised to comply with the censors. Nabokov himself had said "to make a real 12-year-old girl play such a part in public would be sinful and immoral.") Many are under the mistaken impression that she was 16, because the film was released in 1962, and Lyon was born in 1946. The film was, however, filmed between November 1960-May 1961, and she was born July 10th, 1946, making her 14 for the duration of filming.²** Similarly, Creator/DominiqueSwain was 15 when she played the 14-year-old Lolita in TheRemake (again, the character's age was raised to comply with the censors).²* The 10-year-old (at time of filming) Creator/FairuzaBalk plays the 11-year-old Dorothy Gale in ''Film/ReturnToOz''. Ironically, she's playing an older version of Dorothy than the 16-year-old Judy Garland did in the original film.²* Creator/MichaelCera (Evan) was 18 and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogel/"[=McLovin=]") 17 when playing their graduating high-school characters in ''Film/{{Superbad}}''. Jonah Hill (Seth), by contrast, was 23 (due to legal regulations, Mintz-Plasse's mother actually had to be on the set of ''Superbad'' the day his character's sex scene was shot).²* The 1968 Franco Zeffirelli film of ''Film/{{Romeo and Juliet|1968}}'' featured one of the only examples of an actress playing Juliet being anywhere near her age. Juliet, who is supposed to be nearing 14, was played by 15-year-old Olivia Hussey. Seventeen-year-old Leonard Whiting was impressively young for Romeo, as well.²* Gogo Yubari, the psychotic 17-year-old killer from ''Film/KillBill'' was played by the 18-year-old Chiaki Kuriyama (the film was released on her 19th birthday).²* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was twenty-two when he played twenty-year-old Jack Dawson in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. ²* Inverted in ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' with Brady Corbet and Michelle Trachtenberg. Corbet was 15 and playing a 17- to 18-year-old, while Trachtenberg was 18, the same age as her character.²* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. Creator/CarrieFisher was 18 when playing 19-year-old Princess Leia (and then 21 when playing 22-year-old Leia in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and 24 when playing 23-year-old Leia in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''). 19-year-old Anakin Skywalker was played by 19-year-old Hayden Christensen at the time of filming ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; when Anakin was 22, in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Christensen was 22. Creator/NataliePortman was 16 when playing Amidala at 14; she also played her at 24 when she was 19, and at 27 when she was 22.²* ''Film/PansLabyrinth''. Creator/GuillermoDelToro changed the screenplay when he was impressed by an actress a few years older than the part asked for initially.²* Creator/KirstenDunst was eleven years old in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', where she played a vampire who was infected at eleven years old and was never able to grow up. Her kiss with the adult Creator/BradPitt led to a fair amount of [[{{Squick}} controversy]]. Her character was aged up from about six for practical reasons.²* ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'': The actresses playing the younger Lisbon sisters were close in age to their characters, from Creator/KirstenDunst (16) as 14- to 15-year-old Lux, to Hanna R. Hall (14) who played 13-year-old Cecilia, to Chelse Swain (15) as 15-16-year-old Bonnie.²* ''Film/LostInTranslation'': Creator/ScarlettJohansson was not yet 18 when she played Charlotte, who is in her early-to-mid twenties (going by her reference to having graduated from college a little while previously). Johansson had just graduated from ''high school'' when she got the part.²* In ''Somewhere'', 11-year-old Cleo is played by 11-year-old Elle Fanning (she was 12 by the time of its release).²* Yet another Creator/SofiaCoppola film, ''Film/MarieAntoinette'', features a partial subversion -- it starts off playing the trope straight by having 23-year-old Kirsten Dunst portray the future queen of France at age 14, but Dunst continues to play her all the way into her thirties.²* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Creator/KristenStewart (Bella) was actually seventeen and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) was fifteen during filming. Creator/RobertPattinson is twenty-two, in contrast to the eternally 17-year-old Edward. The rest of the actors playing the Cullens are mostly in their early twenties, but it's justified as their characters aren't even really of high school attending age to begin with.²* Creator/ChloeMoretz, at 11, plays 10-year-old Hit Girl in ''Film/KickAss''. 17-year-old Kick-Ass himself is played by 19-year-old Creator/AaronJohnson. At 15, she stars in the 2013 remake of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' as the titular 16-year-old character.²* ''Film/MatchstickMen'' is an unusual case in that an actress in her twenties plays a 14-year-old girl with surprising believability, yet [[spoiler:in the end it's revealed that her character really ''is'' in her twenties.]]²* In ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', Creator/LaurenceFishburne played a 17-year-old soldier, but he was only 14 years old when filming started (due to the film's long period of production and post-production, Fishburne was 17 when the movie was released).²* In ''Film/SixteenCandles'' the 16-year-old protagonist is portrayed by a 15-year-old Creator/MollyRingwald. In the same movie, the trope is delightfully lampshaded by Ringwald's comments on a classmate (played by then-23-year-old Haviland Morris). "I swear to God, Caroline Mulford had to flunk about nine grades."²* In ''Film/PrettyInPink'', Molly Ringwald was 17 while playing a high school senior.²* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' stars 16-year-old Creator/WinonaRyder and 18-year-old Creator/ChristianSlater whose characters are high school seniors.²* In the movie ''Real Genius'', Gabe Jarret played a 15-year-old, and was actually 15 at the time of the film's release.²* {{Averted|Trope}} in Creator/DannyBoyle's 2008 film ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'': eighteen-year-old Dev Patel plays eighteen-year-old Jamal Malik.²* Partial subversion: In the film version of Bernhard Schlink's ''TheReader'', eighteen-year-old David Kross plays main character Michael Berg from the age of fifteen into his early twenties. Considering the fairly explicit sex scenes with co-star Kate Winslet, there was very little chance of Michael being cast any younger. It is also worth noting that, although this is not mentioned in the film, the book features a brief scene in which Kate Winslet's character Hanna Schmitz expresses the false understanding that Michael is at university already when she starts having sex with him, implying that he looks several years older than he actually is.²* In ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' there is a scene in which an instructor (played by Creator/JohnCleese) at what appears to be a religious institution of learning is teaching a class how to [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex have intercourse with his good lady-wife]]. While in the church service, all the children are... well, ''children''. When we get to the classroom and intercourse discussion, however, they are all played by the various Pythons.²** When the instructor catches one of them playing with an ocarina, he punishes him by making him play on the rugby team later, which is made up of actual children again!²* Mia Sara was the only ''actual'' teenager in the main cast of ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. Her character Sloane was a junior in high school; she was 18 at the time.²* ''Film/TheProfessional'' features a thirteen-year-old Creator/NataliePortman playing twelve-year-old Mathilda. Which makes her love towards Leon as poignant as it's odd.²* In ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'', Creator/LaurenBacall was 19 and playing a 22-year-old.²* ''Great Balls of Fire!'': 18-year-old Winona Ryder as a 13-year-old. Given the subject matter (child marries adult cousin Jerry Lee Lewis and goes to bed with him) one can see why they went with an actress who was of age. Oh, and Dennis Quaid was 35 when he played the aforementioned 22-year-old Lewis.²* Creator/EvanRachelWood was fourteen when she was cast in ''Film/{{Thirteen}}'', the title referring to her character's age (Wood turned fifteen during filming). Considering the sex-and-drugs subject matter of the movie, probably no one would have blamed them if they had cast a baby-faced adult, so it's a notable near-{{aver|tedTrope}}sion. Her co-star, Creator/NikkiReed - who, quite impressively, also co-wrote the film's screenplay - was the same age as Wood during filming.²* Tara Steele was about ten when she played teenaged Katie in ''Mockingbird Don't Sing'', though the character was 'supposed' to look much younger than she really was.²* Creator/AntonYelchin was eighteen when he played the titular ''Film/CharlieBartlett''.²* ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' is a partial exception; Creator/NatalieWood and Sal Mineo were 16, portraying teens. Creator/JamesDean, however, was 24.²* Victoire Thivisol was four years old when she played the main role in ''Ponette'', that of a four-year-old who loses her mother. She even won a Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 1996 Venice Film Festival for her heartbreaking performance.²* All of the teenagers in ''Film/{{Casper}}'' were played by people between the ages of 13 and 15 (including the voice actor for the titular character). For somebody used to this in movies, the sight of an entire classroom of teenagers who ''actually look like teenagers'' is actually rather jarring. The trope is played straight however with the [[spoiler:temporarily revived Casper]], who is supposed to be 12 yet is played by a 17-year-old.²* The live action adaptation of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' both plays this straight and subverts it. Jackson Rathbone (Sokka) was 25 playing 15 and Dev Patel (Zuko) was 19 playing 16, but both Noah Ringer (Aang) and Nicola Peltz (Katara) were the same age as their characters during filming (12 and 14 respectively).²* Disturbingly avoided in ''Film/TaxiDriver''. Creator/JodieFoster was 12 when she played the role of a 12-year-old prostitute (except for the nude scenes, which were performed by her older sister, who was of legal age). However, according to the screenplay by the movie's writer, Paul Schrader, Iris was originally envisioned as a 14- to 15-year-old girl, played by someone older.²* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' largely kept the actors relatively close to their ages -- Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) was fifteen playing fourteen, Heather Menzies (Louisa) fourteen playing thirteen, Duane Chase (Kurt) thirteen playing eleven, Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) eleven playing ten, Debbie Turner (Marta) eight playing seven, and Kym Karath (Gretl) six playing five. Played utterly straight, however, with Charmian Carr (Liesl), who was ''twenty-one'' playing sixteen-going-on-seventeen. Her sweetheart, Rolf, seventeen, is played by Daniel Truhitte, who was twenty.²* In ''Film/AnotherCinderellaStory'', Music/SelenaGomez was 15 and playing a 15-year-old high schooler. Critics were squicked that Drew Seeley, who played her love interest, was 24, but the movie makes it clear that his character really is that age. ''Film/ACinderellaStory'' also averts this with Music/HilaryDuff (whose character is 17 -- she was 16 when the film was released).²* The ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' film adaptation. The supplemental film diary mentioned that a lot of the child actors used were actual middle-schoolers and that the two boys playing Greg and Rowley actually missed their first days of sixth grade to film the movie. The third movie was rushed into production to make sure the actors could be used one last time before they officially got too old!²* Borderline case: Most of the actors playing students in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' were between 17 and 19 at the time of the film's release, although many of them played high school freshmen.²* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}} (2015)'' - 23-year-old Britt Robertson was cast as Casey Newton, an optimistic and tech-savvy teen, in July of 2013 and principal photography commenced the next month.²* In the 2010 version of ''Film/TrueGrit'', then 13-year-old Creator/HaileeSteinfeld played 14-year-old Mattie Ross.²* Brooke Shields, in her 1980s movie appearances from age 14-17 (most famously ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon''), appeared in a variety of R-rated films that involved frontal nudity. In each case, an over-20 body double covered those moments for her.²** The shocking exception was, of course, her 1978 debut, ''Film/PrettyBaby'' where she was the exact same age as her character, a 12-year old prostitute, AND did her own nude scenes. Unsurprisingly, it's one of the most controversial films of all time.²* Music/MandyMoore was 17 when she played high school student Jamie in ''Film/AWalkToRemember'', though her also high school aged love interest was played by Shane West, who was 21 at the time.²* Walking the line in ''Film/MysteryTeam''; the actors are in their early twenties, and their characters are high school seniors.²* Ann Miller played a character several years older in ''You Can't Take It With You'' when she was fifteen.²* In ''Film/WelcomeToTheDollhouse'', released in 1995, Creator/HeatherMatarazzo, born in 1982, is the right age to play a seventh grader.²* While a number of the cast members who play tributes in ''Film/TheHungerGames'' are borderline cases, it's definitely averted by Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface) and Amandla Stenberg (Rue) -- aged 15, 17 and 13 respectively at the time of release.²* Nikki Blonsky was 17, playing teenaged Tracy Turnblad in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. She had her 18th birthday on-set.²* The cast of ''Film/StandByMe'' were close in age to their characters, although still a straight version of the trope, with the exception of Creator/JerryOConnell, who was 11. Creator/WilWheaton was 13 (playing "12 going on 13"), Creator/CoryFeldman was 14 and Creator/RiverPhoenix almost 15.²* Mostly averted with ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', rare for a slasher film. The film had 17-year-olds MichelleWilliams and JosephGordonLevitt and 16-year-old Adam Hann-Byrd playing high school students. Played only slightly straight with 19-year-olds Josh Hartnett and Jodi-Lyn O'Keefe, and completely straight with 24-year-old Branden Williams.²* A bit of a twist: the actress who plays the antagonist in ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' was 10 or 11, playing a 9-year-old who's [[spoiler: actually in her 30s.]] ²* Inverted to the point of lunacy in ''[[Film/IronEagle Aces: Iron Eagle III]]'' - Christopher Cazenove, Horst Buchholz and Sonny Chiba (born in 1943, 1933 and 1939 respectively) play World War II aces, while Paul Freeman (born 1943) plays an ex-Nazi bad guy. Run that by me again?²* Mostly averted by ''Film/LordsOfDogtown'', in which Victor Rasuk (age 19), Emile Hirsch (age 18) and John Robinson (age 18) convincingly play teenage Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Stacy Peralta, respectively. However, in real life Peralta and Alva were four years older than Adams, who is portrayed in the movie as being approximately the same age as them. Likely Hirsch was cast due to the difficulty of casting a real 13-year-old for the part.²* Inverted in ''Literature/IfIStay''. Mia is stated to be 18, even though Creator/ChloeMoretz herself is only 17. ²* Inverted in Disney's ''Film/{{Maleficent}}''. As with ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Princess Aurora as a teen is meant to be fifteen/sixteen (the latter age being a [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday plot point]]). While the animated film modeled Aurora's design after an actress in her twenties, the filmmakers for this live-action adaptation cast Creator/ElleFanning, who at the time of filming was fourteen/fifteen. Cue RealityIsUnrealistic coming into play, with some viewers arguing Elle looked too young to play Aurora, while others defended the casting, pointing out that she ''actually is a teenager''. Funnily enough, by the time the film ''was'' released, Elle had indeed turned sixteen. ²* Averted in ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' - where Red Riding Hood and Jack are portrayed by younger adults in [[Theatre/IntoTheWoods the stage versions]], they're played by actual children in the movie.²* While the other main performers playing teens in ''Film/TheDuff'' play this trope straight, it's averted by Creator/BellaThorne (16 during production). Interestingly, [[CanonForeigner her character isn't in the book the movie's based on]].²* In the movie ''Film/SnowDay'', Mark Webber was 19, Schuyler Fisk was 17, and J. Adam Brown was 16 when they played their characters. Also, Zena Grey was 11 and playing a 10-year old. However, the movie plays this straight with Emanuelle Chriqui and David Paetkau, who were 24 and 27 years old and playing teenagers, and Josh Peck and Jade Yorker, who were 13 and 14 and playing elementary school-aged characters.²* Averted with the casting of Jacob Lofland and Katherine [=McNamara=] in ''Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials'', who were both roughly 18 at the time of filming.²* Averted in ''Rambling Rose'' with Lukas Haas as Buddy - Buddy's 13, Haas was 13 at the time. (Which got the film in trouble with the UK censors, due to the scene where Buddy sexually fondles Rose - it was trimmed for British release.)²* In the MovieOfTheBook of the Dutch childrens book series ''Literature/AlfieTheWerewolf'', the role of 7 year old Alfie was played by the actually 7 year old Ole Kroes. This was a deliberate choice from director Joram Lürsen since he feared the audience would notice the age difference if they were to cast an older child actor in the lead role.²* The film ''Film/{{Kids}}'' was largely criticized for this, since it featured actual underage teens (all of which [[AmateurCast weren't even real actors at the time]]) engaging in acts of sex, drugs, and pure delinquency.²* In the MovieOfTheBook of ''Literature/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', Creator/MichellePfeiffer was 28 playing a woman in her mid-30s.²* Jake Gyllenhaal was 26 when he filmed ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' but his onscreen character Robert Graysmith is in his 30's for most of the story, and early 40's by the end. The trope is both played straight and inverted with Mike Mageau, who at age 19 is played by 25-year old Lee Norris, and at age 41 is played by 31-year old Jimmi Simpson. The two actors are only 6 years apart despite playing the character separated by 22 years.²%%* Very darkly played with in a film whose title this troper can't remember (WikiMagic pls) about a woman dealing with her conflicting feelings about being involved in a sexual relationship with an older couple one summer in her teens. In an odd example of a RashomonStyle film entirely about one character's memories, the earlier flashbacks play the trope straight and have the main character's younger self portrayed by a mature-looking young actress. Then [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall her mother interrupts the flashback to point out]] she didn't look that grown up at all when she was that age. [[OnceMoreWithClarity From then on we see her as she really was]]: a 13 year old little girl and suddenly the {{squick}} gets a lot harder to ignore.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:In-universe examples/Parodies]]²* In ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', two adult screwup cops go undercover pretending to be high schoolers to investigate a drug ring on campus. However, blending in proves to be extremely difficult for Greg Jenko, as everyone noticed he looked too old to be a high schooler (his actor, Channing Tatum, was 32 during the film), and his sensibilities on what is "cool" is out of date. He pretends he was held back a lot to explain his apparent age.²[[/folder]]


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