Husbands

Husbands

DVD - 2009
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for mature thematic elements including sexual situations, language, drunkenness, and brief domestic violence.
Harry, Archie and Gus are three middle-aged husbands, with wives, children and houses in the New York suburbs. They go on a wild spree after a close friend dies of a heart attack. Ending up in London, the three must confront their own mortality and decide how to spend the rest of their lives.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009]
ISBN: 9781435913943
1435913949
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TheeAvebury
Apr 05, 2017

I give this film 5 stars because it is a magnificent film: funny, sad, frustrating, annoying, self-indulgent, often overdone. Yet it is Life itself. It deals with living Life in the face of Death wherein the grim face of Finality is not directly looked upon. It is about men looking to be Huck Finns one more time for a wild ride down the adventurous river of Life.

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beckythecat1
Jun 23, 2016

Checked this out because of the actors. Very disappointing. Really not a interesting story. I am still not sure what was their goal, if they had one?

Marinetti Apr 09, 2015

Wonderful ensemble of actors exploring middle age- adulthood in all it's complex, gory, messy wonder. Great movie directed by John Cassavettes.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

The sudden death of a mutual acquaintance causes three white collar family men to experience a reverse rite of passage as they shirk their adult responsibilities and try to re-live the carefree days of adolescence. What follows is a long string of pointless booze-fuelled dialogues and petty indiscretions with each man reluctantly coming to terms with his own mortality. An impromptu trip to England eventually brings them face to face with a host of equally unhappy female counterparts prompting two of the men to return home, tails firmly between legs, while the third friend flounders helplessly thanks to the marital bridges he’s already burned. Cassavetes’ dark and unamusing “comedy about love, death, and freedom” zeros in on three adult boys getting an early start on their mid-life crises with all the pathetic shows of masculine bravura and hidden anxieties that that entails. Appropriately enough the wives and children are never shown for this is strictly male fantasy territory, sustained by alcohol and delusions of youth, while we the audience are kept stone cold sober throughout thanks to an unflinching camera and lack of any musical soundtrack which might otherwise lend a whimsical quality to the men’s cruel and self-centred idiocy. Long and drawn out at times with a script that seems largely improvised (and therefore completely believable) Husbands is a true test of cinematic perseverance. But the power of its three leads: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, and Cassavetes himself, gives it a sad sense of hyperrealism which strikes a definite chord with those of us on the other side of fifty.

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