30 – Husbands and Wives (1992)

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Director: Woody Allen Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis Running time: 108 mins

Subject: Judy Davis knocks it out of the park as the spikiest 1/4 of the titular husbands and wives. No analyst is needed to see why Sydney Pollack focuses his mid-life crisis on shacking up with a benign young aerobics teacher, causing close friends Allen and Farrow, the other husband and wife, to examine their marriage. As everyone hems and haws the supporting cast/greener grass closes in. Juliette Lewis is divine as bookish jailbait and Liam Neeson excels as a baffled romantic.

Does H&W pinpoint the intriguing complexities of marriage? Probably. As a bachelorette, I cannot give an authoritative verdict.

Is Mia Farrow a quietly stunning love interest? By the combined witchcraft of acting and baggy jumpers MF appears somewhat dowdy here.

Like: Overhearing your friend’s parents bickering.

Core truth: Marriage eh? What a to do.

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