Husbands and Wives (1992) Woody Allen Movie  » Movies  »
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  • This film appeals to me because I love Allen's combination of psychological and philosophical examination together with humour, but I appreciate that it would not be to the taste of the majority

    • by jeanne71

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      I would give Woody Allen’s ‘Husbands and Wives’ ten out of ten for being completely perfect, but you will hate it if you have to have a Hollywood ending. This is kind of awkward viewing. It has a rather serious, dramatic feel to it and the humour is almost entirely covert - it has humour but what I am finding so amusing is the sheer absurdity of human psychology as portrayed by Allen. There are very few obvious gags at all, but it is very entertaining. It starts with Jack and Sally (Sydney Pollack and Judy Davies) telling their good friends Gabe and Judy (Allen and

      Mia Farrow) that they are splitting up, amicably and maturely. Judy has a weirdly angry reaction to this news which we later find out is because she is having fantasies about being single again but she does not want to face up to them. The story continues as we see how Jack and Sally fare as singletons and how Gabe and Judy fare in their marriage - and both go badly.

      This film appeals to me because I love Allen’s combination of psychological and philosophical examination together with humour, but I appreciate that it would not be to the taste of the majority. As I say, it is ...

      • awkward viewing as I cringe at the overly cerebral Sally attempting to get aroused whilst in bed with her new boyfriend, played by Liam Neeson. I cringe when Jack’s new girlfriend (former model Lysette Anthony) is wittering on about astrology at the party whilst Jack is wound up to hear about Sally’s handsome new man. Initially Jack was turned on by her fluffiness but the novelty has clearly gone off. Gabe also has a temptation in one of the students in the writing class he teaches, played by a flirty Juliette Lewis. The acting by everybody is great and there are many great scenes. It
        is Judy Davies as Sally who stands out for me - she gets some great lines.

        Allen has filmed this in a very naturalistic, documentary style that might not be to everyone’s taste, with shaky camera work and the camera following people round the room, but this adds to the sensation that I am witnessing real life events instead of a made-up movie. There are also flashbacks and interviews to camera in a When Harry Met Sally style. I find Husbands and Wives very enjoyable from start to finish. It gives me no actual belly laughs but the whole drama as it unfolds is always entertaining. Excellent.

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