Review Date: January 05, 2007
Director: Todd Field
Writer: Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
Producers: Albert Berger, Todd Field, Ron Yerxa
Kate Winslet as Sarah
Patrick Wilson as Brad
Jennifer Connelly as Kathy
And even though I “get” the film’s title now, I still think something more poignant and to the point would have made more sense (instinctively, many people will think this movie is about children, when it’s not even close to that). Something like ANATOMY OF ADULTERY might have fit the bill better, but alas, it doesn’t look like the studio took audiences too much into consideration here, as its ending also left a little to be desired, after spending so much in-depth time with the lead characters (felt a little too cut and dry). The film isn’t an all-out drama though, and was a great watch on several levels, with precise writing, inventive direction and obviously, superb acting from the two actors already mentioned above, as well as many of the side-players like Jane Adams. Jennifer Connelly, on the other hand, felt more like she was appearing as a cameo in the film, particularly during its first hour, and ultimately, really didn’t contribute all that much to the picture, save for looking really really good! And speaking of looking good, Patrick Wilson also came through as the roving-eye husband, who much like others in the film, wasn’t really happy, despite appearances. In fact, many of the adults in this film seemed to have let themselves go after getting married, in more ways than one, and consequently, lost themselves in the process. I love the way the movie ultimately allowed each of the characters to find themselves, despite all of the bad stuff that they act upon (making mistakes is how one learns in life, right?).
Oh yeah, I also loved the narrator in the movie, who actually delivered some of its funnier lines, but in that great oh-so narrator voice. I actually kinda missed the guy when he disappeared for long stretches at a time. His voice made the whole thing feel like a documentary about the mating habits of fucked up adults at times. Good stuff. Finally, as if all of that human drama interlaced with humorous touches and great acting wasn’t enough, the film also features one of the best “fuck scenes” that I’ve seen in a long, long time. I say “fuck scene” and not “making love scene” because it wasn’t really making love, it was…well, fucking and a great fuck at that!! The lady at the receiving end of said steamy session of intercourse was none other than the aforementioned lovely Winslet, which in my mind -- as a somewhat perverted potent male viewer – made the film that much more appealing. Seriously though, this is a great movie that misses the mark a little, but provides plenty of drama, depth, entertainment value and questions to ponder. “Please be a good boy.” Heartbreaking.