Author(s): Masnoraffis Masdil
"My Darling Wife"
Directed by Rob Reiner
Hugh Jackman (George Barrett)
Tagline: “When your husband runs off, what do you do?... Show him what a real woman can do”
Synopsis: "My Darling Wife" is a film revolving around a man’s infidelity, his falling in love and going out of wedlock. How does the beleaguered wife win back her husband form the clutches of the vamp?
What the press would say:
Rob Reiner is back in fine form! Laced with a pleasant "but don't take me too seriously" theme, great comedy and super-duper starcast, "My Darling Wife" hits you with unexpected charm. By the time you leave the theatre, it will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Reiner has done a decent job of dealing with a difficult subject. Building the tale around a series of comedic instances, not worrying about being provocative (showing scenes of the extra-marital affair), and still getting the message across, was a difficult task. Rob Reiner deserves acknowledgement for giving the women ample power in this charming story.
While talking about women, each of the film's female characters are rendered to perfection by the talented actresses. Uma Thurman may not look like a mother of two offspring, but she continues to mature as an actress with each successive film.
Marcia Cross and Shirley Knight provide the much-needed comic relief in the movie, and man, do you wish there were more of them in the flick. With the support of her screen husband, Lovely steals every frame in her twenty minute appearance. I love the character and it proves that Marcia Cross is one of Hollywood's most underutilized treasures. Shirley Knight adds comical conviction to the scheming mother character who will not rest until she breaks her son and Jennifer apart.
Stanley Tucci is also credible as a Joseph. Poor guy is first torn between helping his friend hide the affair, but is later bound by his conscience to help Linda regain her family life. And the chemistry between Marcia Cross and Stanley Tucci is electric; it must be seen to be relished. Now that's a perfect screen couple and gladly, the movie ended with them.
Hugh Jackman plays the role of an intellectually challenged playboy. George's comical, self-loathing monologue at the end of the movie is very amusing and entertaining.
All in all, this movie is a great entertainer plus it features excellent acting and a great storyline. It's the great comedy movie of the year!