A masterpiece. Yeah, there are a handful of flaws, but so what? This movie has so much that's indelibly good -- from truthfully agonized emotion to moments/seconds that are -- in Karen Allen's phrase -- "like eating ice cream." If I could change 2 things about STM, I would cast another actor in the (mercifully) brief role of Keaton's divorce lawyer, and I would take down that Pink Floyd poster from Sherry's bedroom. Sherry doesn't seem like someone who would listen to PF -- the placement is mere self-promotion from Alan Parker, who, after this, would direct a 90-minute PF video released later in '82. Peter Weller is pleasingly sexy as Keaton's love interest ("You know what he smokes, Mom!") and I've never, ever thought about tennis courts the same way after seeing this. Shoot the Moon does for tennis courts what Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill did for elevators. Oh, and the evocative use of "Don't Blame Me" at various moments on the soundtrack -- fantastic! The late Dana Hill -- marvelous as Sherry.
Albert Finney and Diane Keaton play married couple George and Faith Dunlap going through a bitter collapse of their marriage. George has had a secret illicit affair, which when revealed has him leaving to live with his lover (played by Karen Allen). The director, perhaps purposefully, does not really get into how the couple drifted apart. Really, the only thing we learn is that George has an acute anger management issue, but we do not know if this had anything whatsoever to do with the breakup. Finney and Keaton use every bit of their acting talent to display the gamut of emotions the two go through in the breakup. Both got Golden Globe nominations for best actors of the year for this film.
Recently watched this again after seeing it many years ago in the theaters. It still holds up. Happy to see it available through Hoopla.
Albert Finney plays a selfish, some times violent husband and father. Diane Keaton does little to protect her children. At the very least, he needed to have a restraining order filed. This is a depressing, sad story.
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