Thursday, November 20, 2014

Heartburn (1986)

Director: Mike Nichols. Cast: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton, Stockard Channing, Richard Masur, Catherine O'Hara, Milos Forman. Kevin Spacey, Mercedes Ruehl. 108 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.

Marriage, from the first cute meeting, to the wedding, to building a home, to having kids, ... all the way to getting on each other's nerves, to the infidelities, to the breakups, to the reconciliations, and so on. Written by the late Nora Ephron who defined comedy in cinema relationships, marriage is shown not only through the strange-by-today's 80s perspective (instead of leaving the adulterous man, women hope he would die), but also carries certain equations that are fresh even today (a broken bond can never be fixed). Mike Nichols' poignant comedy pacing is perfect, and the heartbreaking ending is inevitable.

PS: Watch for a young Kevin Spacey in a very small but pivotal role as a subway thief.

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