Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), a 43-year-old waitress with a fixation on Marilyn Monroe. The couple gradually fall in love, though age and social differences mean that the path of true love is strewn with problems.
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Toe Curling Passion!
White palace has a great sexual dynamic, clearly Susan Sarandon's character
(Nora Baker) is a sexually charged self confident woman who is at least 10
years or so older than James Spader's character (Max Baron). This movie
shows how deep attraction and passion can change people's lives (perhaps for
the better) and overcome class/personality and age differences.The first and perhaps most noticeable aspect is one of the hottest and more
believable seduction scenes in a movie, where Nora shows a raw animal
passion for Max rarely shown in movies (and when it is is shown in an
unfavorable light, e.g. Single White Female). Susan Sarandon pulls off this
challenging scene with great passion AND dignity.The May/December romance with the older lady is shown in a healthy light
(not like say The Graduate).But more important than the age dynamic, is the deep attraction between Nora
and Max, which goes strongly across traditional cultural differences. Max
is a compulsively organized widower, neat and decidedly upper-middle/upper
class. Nora is more impulsive, living a less ordered existence and is
lower/lower middle class. Max has conditional love for Nora, trying to
change her (unintentionally acting judgemental?) by trying to help her out
(e.g. buying her cleaning supplies as a "gift"). Nora teaches Max about
life, and passion. This movie has a much more interesting love story than
say "Pretty Woman".
A beautiful love story, about a young man, and an older woman
The story is about a young man ( Yuppie)who falls in love with a woman who
is 15 years his senior. A beautiful love story with lots of
They live in two totally different worlds. he's rich , she's poor.It
work. So she moves to NYC But his love is so true an deep. So when he finds
her they come back together. A perfectly happy end.The reason why I watched this movie was because I'm truly one of the
Susan Sarandon fans. She shines absolutely beautiful in this movie.And
Spader has performed one of his bests roles ever.
my favourite scene is when Nora (Susan) meets one of Max(James)'s Friends,
Sherri.She asks Nora "you know our max is quite a catch. How Did you manage
it?" and Nora says:"I give a good b***job I guess" Sherri : Hmmmmm.. I bet
you do"and Nora answers: "And I bet you don't"
You must see the look on Sherri's faceI think it's a great movie because normally hollywood is afraid of a love
story about a young man and an older woman.There should be more of those
movies because some people think it's strange when a older woman has a love
relation with a much younger man. ( I've never thought it was strange and
I'm only a fifteen year old girl)
But most people find it absolutely normal when an old man has something
a much younger woman. So I think this movie is really important.We can all learn something about it.
WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND DATE AN OLDER WOMAN!
This is a film a lot of people didn't see. It is just a simple tale of a
younger rich man who shacks up with an older much poorer, working class
woman who works at a hamburger joint called White Palace. The name is
obviously taken from the East Coast burger chain White Castle. Susan
Sarandon picks up a drunk James Spader in a bar and takes him home for a
night of sweet lovin'. The love scenes that follow are actually very
and sexy, not dull like most Hollywood love scenes.We need more stories like this. You always see movies with MUCH older men
with MUCH younger women: Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones in
Entrapment, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets...etc.
Where are all the stories of younger men with older women? Welp, this film
is one of 'em. And this is one younger guy who likes what he sees when he
sees White Palace. Like it said on the poster of this movie: "The story of
a younger man and a bolder woman."
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Unlikely but hopeful romance
It was interesting to me that it was more of a problem that she was such a
slob than that she was significantly older than him. If anyone can carry
off a believable and appealing older woman/younger man romance to a mass
audience, it's Susan Sarandon. No other actress combines her ripe, open
sexuality with such an accessible and self-assured personality. She makes
sexiness respectable. James Spader does less well, not so much because of a
faulty performance, but because he seems unable to break through a
preternatural reserve. It served him well in "Sex, Lies and Videotape" but
a little more emotionality is called for here. The sex scene when he is
writhing in the throes of passion and finds a half-eaten sandwich under the
bed is hilarious, not to mention the pivotal scene when he gives her a
dustbuster as a gift. The future for this couple might seem unlikely, but I
don't think it's any less likely than that of most movie