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Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman
While on a flight back from a writing assignment, Margot (Michelle Willams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), and immediately takes a liking to him. Surprisingly to both of them, he lives across the street from Margot and her husband Lou (Seth Rogan). The urge to secretly meet up with him is strong, yet she cannot seem to resist him, even though she is supposedly happily married to Lou. So, is the fresh exciting new guy better than the old tired boring relationship that was supposed to last forever? That’s the subject of this film.
This is a very simple story. Filmed in Toronto, there is very little put into the sets and scenes. Likewise the people are simple as well. This is a stark story of a crisis in a marriage. As such, it’s done very, very well. Rated R for a couple sequences, this is a very adult subject. It’s one that gets to the point quite directly, and is sure to be one you’ll think about for a long time to come. Especially for anyone who’s been through a similar dilemma. Often the forbidden looks so sweet, the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it works out well. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out like you expect. One of the shining stars in this film is Geraldine, played brilliantly by Sarah Silverman, is a very small part, but poignant. I must admit that I’m not much of a Silverman fan. She a crude, rude, loudmouth most of the time, but in this film, she actually played a recovering alcoholic with a message. All in all this is a nice little story that carries a lot of power in the simple way it’s told. There are a lot of ways to hate this film because of the subject matter, but don’t get hooked up on whether you agree or disagree with the premise. Just look at it as a morality play, and enjoy the real life story this film tells. It’s got a number of great moments.
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