This movie went in the wrong order. Anticlimactic is a word that has become synonymous with “disappointing” but it used to be a term for a storytelling device where the movie (or book, play, etc.) begins basically at the end. An example would be Fight Club where we start the story with Tyler Durden pointing a gun in the main characters mouth on the top floor of a building. It then flashes back to the “beginning” of the story. Now, what makes this anticlimactic is that no matter what else the story does, the audience knows it’s going to get to the part with a gun in someone’s mouth eventually. Anticlimactic stories work really well in certain types of narratives. Here, it doesn’t work at all.
Okay, in this movie a woman, Eve, is married to a man, Jackass, and she can’t conceive so they’re at an adoption agency to adopt a kid but the guy has to investigate them to make sure neither of them are crazy or, you know, married to two women at the same time.
Anyway, Jackass is a salesman so he has to travel a lot. He goes to Las Angeles, and the guy from the adoption agency looks him up and discovers that Jackass has another family with a woman named Phyllis. The guy is going to call the police but then Jackass is like, “oh, whoa, listen to my sob story first” and since we wouldn’t have a movie otherwise the guy does. SO this is why this movie is in the wrong order, we really don’t need to know anything else other than this, you can practically write the movie yourself from what I just told you. If it started from the beginning it would have made this movie a lot better if only because there would be things to discover. I liked learning about the characters Phyllis and Eve, but all the charge is taken out of this movie because we already know the fate of everyone, more or less. I guess you could probably write this movie in your head from the title though.
Also, it feels like this movie is trying really hard to make me feel sorry for Jackass. Oh no, I have two women who love me completely and I’m betraying both of them. This is meant to be some kind of moral message: that you shouldn’t marry two woman at the same time. One I think we can learn something from, unless you’re in one of those cultures or religions where you can marry multiple people (or your just a bigamist). But still, don’t LEGALLY marry multiple people, because it’s illegal, and THAT’S the moral of this movie. I’m glad we could reach that conclusion together.
Anyway, outside of everything I just ranted about, this movie was fine. I didn’t hate it, didn’t really like it very much either.
Why it’s on the list: The only thing I could find was on the IMdb Trivia page for this film, that it was the first movie directed by a woman who also acted in the movie. I don’t know if that’s a good enough to be the ONLY reason to watch this before you die though.