In Allen’s film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Anthony Hopkins plays Alfie, a married man who dumps his wife Helena and marries a gold-digging prostitute half his age called Charmaine Foxx.
Alfie subjects himself to fake tans and endless gym sessions, wears teenage clothes and watches his bank account dwindle due to her excesses.
But after the first flutter of love and £50 notes, do these women really have any idea what is in store for them?
They insist they’ve had a stroke or a heart attack when it’s just heartburn from eating too much.
They fret about their receding hairline and their ever-expanding waistlines.
But while this may knock off a few years when he’s dressed, when he revealed himself in all his wrinkly majesty, Ms Humphreys will have discovered that he’s not a natural brunette, if you catch my drift.
While so much is written about what happens to women’s bodies when they hit 50 (their breasts and bottoms head south, their tummies never recover from having children, they have stretch marks, cellulite and sagging flesh), very little is said about what happens to men’s bodies at a similar age.
We’ve long become accustomed to the sight of fabulously wealthy and famous older men dating younger women, but when the age gap reaches more than 30 years, you have to wonder what the women can be thinking.