Countdown to 5K! – #61 – Husbands and Wives (1992)

This is my 4986th Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“See, I will always have this penchant for what I call kamikaze women. I call them kamikazes because they, you know they crash their plane, they’re self-destructive. But they crash into you, and you die along with them.” – Gabe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After they find out that their bets friends are separating, a married couple begins to re-examine their own marriage.

My Take on it –  Woody Allen films have always been hit or miss for me and I had heard that this was an interesting film, so I decided to give it a try despite not knowing what to expect.

Unfortunately, this is an extremely boring film that fails in almost every single opportunity to engage the audience.

As always, Allen is able to bring together an amazing cast to play his characters but the fact that these characters are completely superficial and under-developed really hurts this film so much.

The story is all over the place and lacks any kind of real anchor along the way which also takes so much away from the enjoyment of it all.

Since these characters are all so superficial, it’s quite hard to care about any of them or about anything that they do along the way especially when they are almost entirely taken to the extreme.

The integrity of the characters is constantly shattered as they keep changing their thoughts and attitudes about things on a whim which makes things borderline absurd throughout.

The dialogue that Allen writes is sometimes intriguing but the fact that we know that we cannot trust the characters, it’s had to trust anything that comes from their mouths along the way.

This is unfortunately not one of Allen’s better films and in some cases can be seen as being closer to the end of the list than the beginning of it.

Bottom Line – Boring film that doesn’t work at all.  As always, Allen is able to bring together a great cast, but the story is all over the place and lacks any kind of real anchor.  None of the characters allow us to really care about them because all that they do constantly crosses so many lines of integrity that things are borderline absurd.  The dialogue is sometimes engaging but since we have so much trouble trusting the characters who state these words.  Unfortunately, not among one of Allen’s best films at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Hoping to piggyback on the scandal surrounding Woody Allen’s break-up with Mia Farrow, TriStar opened the film on 865 screens, the largest amount ever given over to a Woody Allen picture. They were rewarded with an opening weekend of 3.52 million dollars, the biggest ever for an Allen film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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One thought on “Countdown to 5K! – #61 – Husbands and Wives (1992)

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