“[while Billy brings ice cream to the table] You go right back and put that right back until you finish your dinner… I’m warning you, you take one bite out of that and you are in big trouble. Don’t… Hey! Don’t you dare… Don’t you DARE do that. You hear me? Hold it right there! You put that ice cream in your mouth and you are in very, very, VERY big trouble. Don’t you dare go anywhere beyond that… Put it down right now. I am not going to say it again. I am NOT going to say it AGAIN.” [Billy eats ice cream] – Ted Kramer
Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (TV, 9 August 2006, 25 Jul 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A work-a-holic father must figure out his priorities in life when his wife leaves him and his 7 year old son.
My Take on it – I have a confession to make. I really was interested in re-watching this movie since I have been affected personally by the situation that this movie depicts.
Divorce can be a very dirty and gut wrenching situation. Everything that two people built together over X number of years, one day come crashing down like a huge wave crashing against the rocks being split into millions of shards that can be very difficult to try and put back together.
It matters little who instigates the split, what matters is that in every divorce situation, there are 3 sides to the story; his side, her side and the truth.
This movie shows the tole taken by one side in a messy divorce; the side of the man and how he changes from being a workaholic father to a loving and caring father who wants to fight tooth and nail for his son.
Great cast; Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as the couple, Justin Henry as their son and Jane Alexander as a neighbor who is close with both the husband and wife
This movie won 5 Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor (Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress (Streep) and Screenplay)
It lost 4 more – Supporting Actor (Henry who has the distinction of being the youngest Oscar nominee ever), Supporting Actress (Alexander), Film Editing and Cinematography.
Bottom Line – Depicts some of the hard aspects of divorce from a father’s perspective. Done very well. Highly recommended!!
Rating – Oscar Worthy