Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1989. Twentieth Century Fox, Gracie Films. Screenplay by Michael Leeson, based on the novel by Warren Adler. Cinematography by Stephen H. Burum. Produced by James L. Brooks, Arnon Milchan. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Ida Random. Costume Design by Gloria Gresham. Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman.
First we see them meet and fall in love; later they are happily married with two children and a giant mansion to live in. Should be perfect, except that after spending too much time married they realize that they now hate each other. Husband (Michael Douglas) and wife (Kathleen Turner) are about to undergo the divorce of the century, and there’s absolutely nothing they won’t do to get what they want out of the deal, not even attempted murder. Danny DeVito indulges in a lot of deliciously wacky camera angles and unpredictable characters in his telling of this hilarious story, though audiences might not be immediately predisposed to seeing a comedy about divorce. If black comedy is your thing, though, you’ll have a great time enjoying the continued chemistry between the three actors who have done so well together in the past. Based on the novel by Warren Adler.
Berlin Film Festival: In Competition
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Michael Douglas); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Kathleen Turner)