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      Marie and Bruce

      R 2004 1h 30m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 26% Audience Score 500+ Ratings While attending a friend's party, a restless woman (Julianne Moore) plans to tell her husband (Matthew Broderick) that she is leaving him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com I'd rather just book another dinner with Andre then spend another day with Marie and Bruce. Rated: 1.5/4 Feb 18, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member (** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] An interesting idea, but I found the characters to be just too unlikeable. A near-miss. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member i was soooo bored =/ Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I'd personally prefer it on stage rather than on screen...still appreciate for its efforts though. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member my guess is the only reason this was made was bc moore and broderick signed on? just really not good ... even for j.moore fans. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member I was pretty excited to find out about <i>Marie and Bruce</i>, a bizarre dark comedy about the dissolution of a marriage, penned by Wallace Shawn. It's not Shawn that attracted me, but rather the two leads. The husband is Matthew Broderick, who has morphed from the rebellious teenager that he's better known for playing, and turned into the ultimate sad sack. The wife is Julianne Moore, who I've been more interested in seeing since watching <i>The Kids Are All Right<i> and <i>Chloe</i> back-to-back. Unfortunately, the promise of the actors is not upheld by the film. The movie is extremely dialogue heavy. I guess the movie was actually based on a play, and unfortunately the theater did not manage to get extracted wholly from the finished film. Many scenes - some that take place in a forest come to mind immediately - have narration covering them when the visuals would have sufficed. This becomes grating easily. But it's not just that. It's the <i>way</i> the characters talk. They repeat themselves endlessly. This is not completely verbatim, but there's a portion of the movie where Bruce (Broderick) is telling Moore* that she should not drink coffee. His lines go something like this: "Actually, darling, I've noticed that you drink coffee when you're nervous. And darling, I've noticed that when you drink coffee, you actually have a tendency of becoming more nervous. Darling, I'm not trying upset you. It's just that when you drink coffee, darling, you seem to actually become more nervous." I understand that this is, to a certain extent, part of Broderick's character. His relentless repetition and place-filling "darling" is part of the reason that Moore has had enough of him. But his mannerisms do not seem far removed from hers, and their incessant and pointless bickering does little to draw viewers in. There is one scene that works very well. As though it were a normal part of any given conversation, Bruce matter-of-factly explains to his wife that part of the problem with their relationship is that she does not have sex with him often enough. He words the allegation differently, of course, but it's enough of a shock to bring a bit of life into the scene. I don't think that extending this tendency of Bruce's would have made the movie better, though, as it is the surprise of it that makes the line a punch in the gut. The moment doesn't last. Before long, we're back to Moore's hysterical outrage at how boring Bruce is and Bruce's gnashing repetition. I've said this before, but it bears repeating. I don't think that characters have to be likeable just because they are the central characters in a film. But at the same time, when they are more exasperating than engaging, something is not being done right. <i>Bruce and Marie</i> has moments of humor, but mostly stomps around without going anywhere at all. *I say Moore instead of "Marie" because, although it is likely her character's name, I don't remember anybody actually calling her by it. So I found myself wondering whether "Marie" was somebody else entirely. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Annoying, repetitive and rude! Although the pace of the conversation is mildly interesting it does nothing to help the movie. Incredibly overacted! I struggled to watch the whole movie Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis While attending a friend's party, a restless woman (Julianne Moore) plans to tell her husband (Matthew Broderick) that she is leaving him.
      Director
      Tom Cairns
      Producer
      George VanBuskirk
      Screenwriter
      Wallace Shawn, Tom Cairns
      Production Co
      Holedigger Films Inc.
      Rating
      R (Language|Some Nudity|Sexual References)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 19, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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