Get Smart: Why can’t the female lead be older?

I know this is something that has been going on forever, the 40-something guy in a film is paired with a 20-something girl.

Steve Carrell, who has extended his Office character way too far at this point, did a decent job here as Maxwell Smart. Anne Hathaway plays Agent 99 and she does a great job. I like Anne Hathaway. Liked her in Brokeback Mountain, Becoming Jane, The Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries. But I want to see more women over 30 getting more roles.

If I were casting, I might consider these women for the role of 99:
1. Rachel Weisz

2. Thandie Newton

3. Angie Harmon

4. Elizabeth Hurley

5. Portia DeRossi

6. Kate Beckinsale

7. Ashley Judd

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