The War of the Roses
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The Roses fell in love in college, married and seemed to have the perfect life. He was an ivy league lawyer and she was the "perfect housewife". They both have their problems. He takes her too much for granted and she is a materialistic snob. Still, they seem to be so much in love that they can overcome their personal foibles. It doesn't work out that way.
After he is rushed to the hospital with an apparent heart attack, she is too busy with her career to even pick him up when he is discharged. Later that night, she tells him that she wants a divorce. From there, the vindictiveness and sniping continue to escalate as both descend into an orgy of mutual contempt and hatred.
There are times when it is possible to feel sorry for both of the characters. More often, both seem to be too contemptible to pity. Each is more concerned with the destruction of the other and "winning" than in any possible healing. There are some differences. He genuinely loves her and she genuinely hates him. This is carried right through to the bitter, and I do mean BITTER, end.
It's hard to call this entertaining. It is frightening, though, to see how far hatred can take a person. Anyone contemplating a divorce should see this film. Anyone contemplating a particularly nasty divorce should see it daily.
Don't let this be YOU!
It has been a long standing joke that once the kids go to college or leave the nest, many spouses find themselves wondering: "Who the hell did I marry?" Things that were never noticed now are found nagging; a sensitive husband suddenly becomes controlling; a neat homemaker suddenly becomes obsessively compulsive; a mother, now that her duties are cut, becomes anxious to get out of the house. This is exactly what this movie relates, from the Roses' passionate meeting, to their years of "struggle" as Douglas' character builds his career to support his growing family, to their subsequent wealth and success, and finally a lull is reached when they are wealthy and suceessful, yet they have nowhere seemingly left to go.
One of the things that a lot of viewers seemingly miss while watching the movie is the greater picture- the Rose's marriage was one built on attraction and lust. While that has been enough to sustain many marriages, this is not the case here. After the lust leaves the marriage the couple begins to notice every irritating thing the other half does, which is what happens in a lot of marriages.Read more ›
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This is not review of the movie. I like the movie and that is why I ordered the Disc. This is a review that this is marketed as MULTI FORMAT. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Aaron R Billerbeck
Great irony without all the extreme swearing, smut and violence of today's moviesPublished 24 days ago by Angelique Subran
Has always been a favourite of my. Douglas & Turner always give good chemistry. Tha movie contains many elements to keep you interested right through to the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Classic movie. How could ;you go wrong with Danny Divito and Michael DouglasPublished 1 month ago by L Phillips
I watched this years ago. My husband had never seen it...he laughed as hard as I did while watching. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner are great together.Published 1 month ago by Debbie
thanks amazon for delivering my item " war of the roses " the slip cover is awesome and I've noticed how much thiner the blu rays are in america than it is in Australia... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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