The Wife

The Wife

DVD - 2019
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MPAA rating: R; language and some sexual content.
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later--a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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eabramlett
May 17, 2019

Definitely two stars for this one. The target audience here is older moviegoers who apparently can't take much action, or at least that's what the film makers seem to think. This film is slow and boring until all hell breaks loose for a moment and then it ends. The story is depressing and the main characters are unsympathetic, their problems are very different from those of the average person. Oh, you got a Pulitzer prize and I didn't, boo hoo. Glenn Close's character was not a woman who subjugated herself in the service of her husband's brilliant career. She was a woman who cut a deal that she later came to regret, but she certainly had other options over the course of 35+ years. Sorry, but this just wasn't that interesting.

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PineSisken
May 16, 2019

Slow burn, but it packs a punch.

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chickster
May 15, 2019

Had it been nominated, this would have been my pick for best film at the last Oscars. It was heads above the group of films in the running. Was the end a huge surprise? Nope. But the journey to the finish was an entertaining one. Downer? Nope. The payoff is certainly frustrating for one of the central characters, but it's not a downer. See it and make up your own mind.

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lukasevansherman
May 12, 2019

BlueHippo is right, it is a downer! Glenn Close came agonizingly close to finally winning an Oscar for this decidedly dull and mediocre film, based on Meg Wolitzer's novel. She's good, of course, but she's been better in, like, 20 other movies. Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, and Jeremy Irons son co-star. Be prepared to be underwhelmed. The director is Swedish.

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BlueHippo
May 04, 2019

The acting is wonderful, but good grief - what a downer!

ArapahoeSuzanne Apr 28, 2019

"Glenn Close wins the Oscar for Best Actress!" In my opinion, that's what the presenter should have said when handing out the Best Actress Oscar in 2019. Glenn Close was nominated for her role of "the wife" in film THE WIFE, based on Meg Wolitzer's novel of the same name. Just watching Glenn Close's face as she has to endure her husband's narcissism and flirtations with other younger women. Oh, and Jonathan Pryce portrayed the husband and he was just as good.

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Dolly9433
Apr 24, 2019

This exciting ending placed everything into its perspective which explained clearly, "The wife's", grief and resentment towards him. Overall an okay movie with realistic twists and turns. Thx.

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readmorebooks
Apr 23, 2019

A movie that will stay with you long after you have seen it. A story that seems to take much from the wife, but she also gets much from the marriage. She starts out just fixing her husbands stories and in the end doing all the writing. Women writers got nowhere and so she used her husband as much as he used her. I am just surprised the children did not know. How could they not know living in the same house? Great acting!! With a mother/daughter team.

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hammer59
Apr 18, 2019

Really well made with great acting. Excellent story.

JCLHeatherM Apr 16, 2019

Glenn Close shines with her costars in this ensemble piece that challenges family dynamics and a woman's role in the home and in the workforce. When young Joan Castleman believes that no one will publish her work due to her gender, she strikes a complicated and long lasting partnership with her husband Joe that follows the couple for the rest of their lives. Based off the Meg Wolitzer work of the same title.

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whataread
Feb 24, 2019

A young woman with writing talent falls for her older male hotshot teacher, who gives off the air that he has it all figured out, the talent and depth, to write, when really, he has significant struggles. Together, she with her fears of not being recognized as a female writer, he with his inadequacies, they become a pair who write; He the public writer and she the ghost writer. They form an unspoken, covert alliance. He gains great recognition but forgets, fails, to recognize that his success is also hers. He does not remember their alliance. Her heart is broken. The distance that she experiences from him come to her in a series of stabs that accumulate to expose her truth.

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