Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 54 minutes
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Nonfiction filmmaker Kate Schermerhorn presents a wonderful idea for a film: trying to understand why people want to get married, especially when more than half of all marriages end in divorce. Schermerhorn brings in a slew of experts (matchmakers, psychiatrists, a divorce lawyer, even Elvis imitators who perform in a Las Vegas chapel) to detail the appeal of marriage.
She also gathers input from long-time married couples that explain their secrets in staying together – including a lesbian couple and two Indians who were joined via an arranged marriage 10 years earlier – and she culls a witty collection of old-time clips that offer yesteryear’s cartoonish definition of wedded bliss.
Alas, the film is betrayed by the director’s insistence on being the center of attention. A divorced single mother when production began, she married for the second time as the film progressed – but her marriage was rocky, and the arrival of a daughter failed to provide much-needed stability and the union ultimately ended in divorce.
As a result, this documentary feels like two movies that got hopelessly tangled: an intriguing overview of contemporary challenges for married couples laced with a solipsistic home movie where Schermerhorn hams it up for the camera with her kids and bickers with her soon-to-be ex-husband. The result is disjointed and very disappointing.
Posted on February 25, 2012 in Reviews by Phil Hall
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