In "The Boy Next Door," Jennifer Lopez plays a recently separated mom who has a passionate tryst with her young neighbor (he's "almost 20"). Yes, it's a total lapse of judgement, and said teenaged neighbor definitely has more than a few screws loose in his beautiful head, but sometimes, a mom deserves to get some.
Claire isn't the first thirsty mom to grace the big and small screens. In fact, moms having affairs with significantly younger men is a celebrated trope -- one that deserves a bit of a retrospective.
Mrs. Robinson and Ben, "The Graduate"Embassy Pictures
Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) is the OG thirsty mom. Stuck in loveless marriage, she seduces 20-year-old Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and basically turns him into her own personal sex slave. And when Ben falls in love with her daughter Elaine, she tries to thwart their relationship because if she's miserable, everyone has to be.
Jeanine Stifler (aka Stifler's mom) and Paul Finch, "American Pie"Universal Pictures
Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge) is the inspiration behind the phrase M.I.L.F. Every male student at East Great Falls High has had a least one sexual fantasy starring the buxom beauty, but it's uber-nerd Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who actually gets to bang Stifler's mom -- much to the chagrin of Finch's frenemy, and Jeanine's son, Steve (Seann William Scott) -- and thereby lose his virginity.
Connie and Paul, "Unfaithful"20th Century Fox
Connie (Diane Lane) and her husband (Richard Gere) have a solid, yet boring relationship. Her world is turned upside down when she meets a handsome younger man (Oliver Martinez) on the street. Connie and Paul's passionate affair begins with a painful meet-cute and ends with murder. The weapon? A snowglobe. The thirst has its consequences.
Julie Cooper and Luke Ward, "The O.C."Fox
After being dumped by her old, rich beau Caleb Nichol, H.B.I.C. Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke) starts an affair with Luke (Chris Carmack), her daughter's teenaged ex-boyfriend. He's lonely, she's horny (and perhaps also lonely), and the rest is "O.C." history.
Deb Lee and Skills, "One Tree Hill"The CW
Technically, Skills (Antwon Tanner) is no longer a teenager when he and Deb (Barbara Alyn Woods) begin dating in season six, but seeing as she knew Skills when he was a teen -- and good friends with her son Nathan (James Lafferty) -- their relationship is all kinds of awkward.
Ashley Marin and Jason DiLaurentis, "Pretty Little Liars"ABC Family
Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton), Rosewood's coolest mom, finally gets some action this season on "Pretty Little Liars" when she hooks up with her young boss -- and her daughter's former best friend's brother -- Jason DiLaurentis (Drew Van Acker). Mrs. Marin and Jason share a steamy kiss, and the subsequent hookup is still shrouded in mystery -- just how we like things in Rosewood.
Claire and Noah, "The Boy Next Door"Universal
"I really like your mother's cookies." 'Nuff said.