Video Review

Husbands and Wives

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance; With: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, Juliette Lewis and Sydney Pollack

Unlike most of Woody Allen's stilted, self-conscious films, Husbands and Wives is hot with actual human pain, the kind that can come only from experience. And you'd be able to tell even if you hadn't read the papers: This tale of two couples whose marriages founder has the rawness of an exposed wound. That doesn't sound like much fun, and it isn't, but at least it's artistically alive. Plus, Davis' comic ferocity allows her to create a Woody Allen character that, for once, doesn't sound like Woody Allen. The only bogus touch is Allen's dalliance with jerky hand-held-camera movements; nausea-inducing on the big screen, they make the video look like just another TV news story. Unfortunately, it's old news. C+

Originally posted Apr 09, 1993 Published in issue #165 Apr 09, 1993 Order article reprints
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