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War of the Roses

Black comedy about an 18-year old marriage gone awry, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner

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This is a war all right

  • May 30, 2006
I have heard of this movie before but I had no idea what kind of a ride I was about to be taken on and let me tell you this flick is crazy! Here you have a man and a woman who have a good marriage and suddenly it goes kablam! They are like the ham and cheese cafeteria sandwich cut in half and placed with their backs to each other; the angry lovers on opposite sides of the bed...

Watching Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner slowly descended to a discord in their relationship, more her than him, is a never ending guillotine of a ride. The trials and tabulations in the movie are a parody on a bad marriage gone funny with opposite sides playing a Civil War witch each other, as neither one wants to move out of the "gorgeous" house they have made together.

Yes this movie is about a house and two stubborn people who play nasty tricks ala' Home Alone on each other with no mercy, often drawing some major laughs out of anyone who watches it.Also I need to give props to the climactic ending which is quite shocking and makes you think about this black comedy longer then you though possible as this story is quite intricate and has some great and funny outcomes, its not some empty comedy that gives you headache at the end or makes you angry about missing two hours of your life. This film is smart, funny, has the husband and wife ruin each others house parties, cars, jobs, friends and behave as if they are above all laws and just when you think they will patch it up some crazy event interrupts them with a mound of consequences growing like a hungry volcano. And the you watch it erupt! Enjoy.

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review by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What Pompted You to write a Review?   I had wanted to write a review about this movie since I saw it, but did not have a place I felt I could express myself fully.     How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?   The acting by Douglas and Turner were great.  They showed how a couple could hate each other to the core.  However, with that said, their script did not do a very good job showing how this hatred developed.  It seemed to have come on strong …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Strong performances, but the story line does not quite work.
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2009
The War of the Roses- black comedy- an 18-year marriage gone awry, hilarious/ dark- great performances-Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas
review by . December 08, 2003
I won't rehash the plot. It's simply a wonderfully observed crumbling of a marriage probably never built on the healthiest of foundations in the first place. One could say that the movie is perhaps an indictment of materialism, where we see Kathleen Turner's character finally turning bitter when she's done all the decorating she can, and Michael Douglas is too busy earning money to care that his wife is feeling empty now. Whose fault is it that the marriage is a shambles? Did Douglas continue to …
review by . September 09, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: The Queen of Black Comedies!     Cons: The fish course is ruined!     This is the movie for die hard fanatics of black comedy! None of that wimping out at the end and leaving you with a happy ending, No Sir!       We follow the lives of this once happy couple from their humble beginnings to their very bitter ends!Plates fly at life threatening speeds! Her big black truck eats his little classic car! She even makes him believe she …
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Danny DeVito directs this black comedy about a long-married couple in the throes of divorce at the height of the materialistic 1980s, and his second feature far surpasses his first effort, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, in style, substance, and comedic impact. Barbara and Oliver Rose were the perfect couple--he was a prominent Washington lawyer, she had a wildly successful catering business, they had a great house, great art, great cars and great kids. But when Barbara begins to wonder about life without Oliver, she likes what she sees and sues for divorce; unfortunately, neither of them likes the prospect of life without their opulent home, and war is waged to determine who will keep it. The pair become increasingly outlandish in their battle tactics, moving from cunning to cruel to outright surreal, and DeVito's camera echoes this mood with its unorthodox angles and movement. DeVito himself narrates the action as Oliver Rose's lawyer, and Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas prove once again their chemistr...
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Director: Danny DeVito
Release Date: 1989
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Leeson, Warren Adler
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (December 18, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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