Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Lovers: Monday, May 22 2017

The Lovers, written and directed by Azazel Jacobs is called a romantic comedy. An unrecognizable Debra Winger plays Mary, the wife of Michael, played by Tracy Letts. Both look to be in their early sixties but are meant to be in their lat fifties. Bored out of their minds with each other, they are involved with much younger people in unhappy affairs. It's too bad they have not been learning from the many dating coaches who are generously sharing their knowledge on the internet. One of the first things that is said, is to consider how the other person makes you feel. In each of these cases, it is obvious our older couple should be running for the hills. They haven't improved on their choice of partners.

The direction is competent, if a little slow. The music is appropriate and pleasant. There was enough dialect to convey the message, but certainly didn't give the impression that any of these people were too intellectual. The acting was good, and I even felt a little for Mary, but that dissipated as the film progressed. This was a good anthropological study of life in present-day California, and much of the western world. The question arises in my mind, is it better to suffer in boring relationship for the sake of keeping a family together, or go off with someone else who is temporarily giving a bit of excitement? It was hard not to feel for the son, Joel, played by Tyler Ross. He found being with his parents almost unbearable when they were bored with each other, and it was even harder for him when he discovered that they were cheating on each other, then on their new liaisons, with each other. He was learning that his parents didn't have much loyalty, nor are they very nice people.

Did I like the film? It was interesting, but didn't make me laugh at all. In fact, I found it tragic that people make themselves and others so unhappy. It's genre description is incorrect as it is neither romantic, nor a comedy. Most of my group of 15 people didn't like it, nor would they recommend anyone go to see it. Overall, I would agree with their judgement.

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