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The War of the Roses February 16, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

If you want to see a bad divorce unfold then check this one out. This black comedy from Danny DeVito (based on the book by Warren Adler) is the story of Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) and Barbara Rose (Kathleen Turner) who after a quick romance get married and start a family. Coming from humble backgrounds they struggle their way to the top and the most prized and coveted possession they acquire happens to be their expensive dream house. After a few years their marriage gives way but what could have been a seemingly simple divorce turns out to be anything but that. The house becomes the bone of contention as each one of them tries to get rid of the other so that he/she gets the house for himself/herself. How this “war” scales extremely great heights of ridiculousness is for you to watch.

This movie works mostly for its interesting theme and some nice humor. The physical fights between the couple in the second half remind you a lot of the more recent Mr. and Mrs. Smith…though I liked this one much more than the latter. This is probably the only movie where I liked Michael Douglas and he along with Kathleen Turner make a great team. This was actually their third pairing together along with DeVito (who also features in this movie apart from directing this). 

The theme of this flick might look silly and pointless but it definitely entertains the viewer well throughout. If you are looking for a well written and acted comedy then surely go for this.



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