I want to start by telling you a very unusual experience I had with this film. I was at a cocktail party and a friend of mine had just seen it. She suggested I go with a girlfriend since she didn’t think my husband would like it. When I probed further she said that, on second thought, maybe I should take my husband because the wife in the film is such an awful, awful woman he might appreciate me all the more after seeing it. The next day I got an e-mail from another friend, also about the film. The crux of the note was: Thank God we don’t live in a world where if a woman isn’t happy conforming to the suburban norm she is insane. Needless to say, I was extremely curious to see a film that could leave two thoughtful and intelligent women with such different responses.
Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) meet at a cocktail party in New York. There is an instant spark and before we know it they are married with two children and living in the Connecticut suburbs. Or better put, before they know it they are married with two children and living in the suburbs. Frank hates the daily grind and April hates that Frank hates it, and most of all she hates that they have bought into this nihilistic myth of suburban bliss… and that’s when she comes up with a solution.
I don’t want to say too much more. Although I will say I found this film to be the most insightful probe of marital dysfunction since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? You just feel every well-intentioned, misfired comment in the pit of your stomach and think, Yeah, I know what she or he is going through. It's an 8.