Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson
Rated: R (For language throughout and sexual references)
However that film - while encompassing the family as a whole - was mostly about how the kids were affected by their parents decision to separate. In "Marriage Story" the focus is squarely on how the separation is affecting the people going through it themselves. They do have a son that they are having disagreements on living arrangements, but they both love him, and neither really want to use him as a pawn in a power struggle (and for his part, he seems a little oblivious to the true severity of the situation). For that matter, when they must meet with lawyers and hash out details, the camera wisely lingers on their faces, putting the focus squarely on the subjects at hand. The point of these scenes is not to see one lawyer outwit the other. It is about seeing Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) struggling with their conflicted feelings about how ugly the process has gotten.
"Marriage Story" is one of the best films of the year. It is one of the best films about relationships I have seen. It has powerful lead performances by Driver and Johansson, along with great supporting turns from Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Julie Hagerty. Movies like these are why I love going to the movies, and for a studio to rob others of having that very opportunity is disgraceful. If you have the chance, see it in theaters. If not, turn down the lights, silence your cell phones, and gather a group together at the house of the friend you know that has the biggest TV in town.
Parents, there is strong language, some sexual excounters at a party, and many tense verbal arguments. There is also a scene where a character (accidently) cuts his arm, and so there is a lot of blood there. No nudity from what I can tell. Recommended for ages 17 and up.