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EXCLUSIVE: Denise Richards to Get Down and Dirty in Film About Cougars


Controversial dating website CougarLife.com may have boosted the love lives of thousands of May-December romance hopefuls, and now Denise Richards' acting career may be next

FOX 411’s Pop Tarts has learned the 39-year-old actress is starring in an upcoming raunchy flick entitled “Cougars INC,” which boasts the tagline, “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your mothers are?”

Richards appears alongside James Belushi, Ryan Pinkston, and “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland in the film, which is slated for a summer release by Lionsgate.   

“Cougars, INC” tells the story of a young high school student who, upon seeing a commercial for CougarLife.com on television, realizes that he too can have a lucrative business by pairing rich women with much younger men. Using what he sees in the commercial, Pinkston's character creates a copycat service of his own and if the explicit trailer is anything to go by, Richards and her lady friends don’t waste time getting very hot and heavy with some young-looking fellows.  

And it’s certainly not one for Richards’ two little girls to see.

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According to CougarLife.com founder (and self-proclaimed cougar) Claudia Opdenkelder, the fact the website is featured in the film proves that “the cougar lifestyle” has earned a place in mainstream society.

"We were thrilled to participate in this film and plan to continue integrating the Cougar message into mainstream media wherever possible,” Opdenkelder told Pop Tarts.

The site, which she says boasts over a million users, “won't be going anywhere as more and more women realize they can go after careers and relationships,” Opdenkelder said. “Cougar women have it all!"

However, some industry experts beg to differ.

“Anytime popular, mainstream entertainment depicts adults of any gender with minors of any gender, it’s a problem,” Melissa Henson, Director of Communications and Public Education for the Parents Television Council said. “There have been enough stories in the news of teachers, coaches and other adults seducing minors that we should be wary of any entertainment that seems to imply that such behavior is acceptable.”

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay