“Do you like your life?”
“I’m not sure I like my life”
Jane tells her husband halfway through the movie. She seems bored with life and tells her husband that she always expected more. She is getting old and realises that she has nothing significant left to look forward to. The feeling that her life did not quite turn out the way she wanted is also a feeling her friends have to deal with in their lives.
Olivia’s (Jennifer Aniston) longest relationship ever was with a married guy. She smokes marijuana, probably because she is a little depressed, and throughout the movie she is often depicted alone in her apartment. She is also dating a guy who is completely wrong for her. Olivia has completely let go of the reigns of her life and just accepts what life puts in her path.
Christine (Catherine Keener) is shocked when her marriage starts falling apart. She and her husband are working on a script together and their disagreements and quarrels get worse as the film continues. She can’t even begin to imagine her life without the routine of having her husband there, and although she initially struggles, she finds herself feeling free and even a little relieved.
Franny (Joan Cusack) and her husband are the only ones without major problems. They are multimillionaires and rarely quarrel or experience personal crises. Although Joan Cusack is strong in her portrayal of Franny, she is definitely the least interesting character.
Another strong feature of the film is the insight it gives into the female psyche. You get to learn how these women think; why they act in a certain way and how easily their feelings get hurt.
In the beginning of the film the characters seem to live on the surface of life, they seem almost emotionless, weak, sad and bored with life. As the film progress, each personal crisis gets worst until a breaking point is reached. At the end of the film, although things are still very much the same there seems to have been growth for Jane, Olivia and Christine.
Essentially, the film is a study of human behaviour and relationships and if action or big laughs are what you are looking for, maybe you should give this one a skip.
- Annel Malan
Director Nicole Holofcener tells a simple story, a story about friendships, money, womanhood and growing old.
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