The War of the Roses

The War of the Roses

DVD - 1989
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Deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all about the demise of a marriage
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Fox Video, 1989
Branch Call Number: WAR
Characteristics: 1 dvd (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Atticus14 Mar 06, 2016

A diabolically delightful dark comedy.

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COURIER3
Jan 04, 2016

The roses have turned to thorns.
Disturbing how two people will fight to the end and destroy property to out do one another.

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JackPurcell
Nov 01, 2015

A disturbing movie about human relationships and how they disintegrate

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clarap
Feb 15, 2015

Startling story of the length and dapth people would go through for a divorce. In the end neither won, and they both lost their lives good story for those who want to fight it out in a divorce. An amicable solution is better for their health and life.

Quimeras Mar 15, 2013

I have seen “The War of the Roses” a number of times over the years. It has an entertaining storyline, which is both funny and tragic. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, who worked together in other 80’s movies, always showed really good chemistry.

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

This film was dark, but delightful. I really enjoyed it and feeding some schadenfreude is considered an art form in this pseudo-revenge fantasy classic. It was tightly written (based on a novel, of course); it clearly had some of that Simpsons-style satire (on account of Simpsons writers and crew working on this late-eighties gem as a side project). Both Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner were nominated for Golden Globes, as well as the film itself, amongst various other prestigious awards, so this film isn't to be considered mediocre, by no means. Yes, it does have some of the idiosyncrasies typical of eighties-era films about relationships, but most of them are entertaining. It reminds me of a more bombastic and faster paced version of a film like The Big Chill, in the sense that it is about serious subject matter (a divorce, rather than a funeral), but handled in an audaciously humourous way. And by casting this stunning duo, you get the bonus of nostalgia in regards to Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. To think of this film as a conclusion to the logical procession of events from those films previous only makes The War of the Roses more entertaining (although that is merely accidental). Add that she's divorcing the iconic Gordon Gecko and you're glued to the seat. Overall, I would highly recommend it. Depending on your sense of humour, you could either love it or like it as a timewaster, but I strongly doubt anyone could really hate it.

antoinearonin Dec 21, 2011

Booooring!

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"When it comes to your wife, I urge you to be generous to the point of night sweats."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"What's the moral other than dog people should marry dog people and cat people should marry cat people?"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? An excellent start. I used to resent jokes like that. Now I see them as simple truths."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"You have sunk below the deepest layer of prehistoric frog shit at the bottom of a New Jersey scum swamp."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"There is no winning! Only degrees of losing!"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull. How do you hold onto someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"If we end up together, then this is the most romantic evening of my life. And if we don't, then I'm the world's biggest slut."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The death of an animal is implied, but not shown on screen. The climactic conclusion is intense and involves a great deal of fighting, but it isn't particularly frightening.

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Other: Wine is consumed. Cigarettes are smoked.

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Sexual Content: Two scenes of a sexual nature (but no nudity).

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Violence: No gory violence, but fighting, yelling, and bickering typical of a divorce is a constant throughout the film.

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Coarse Language: Several cusswords (a few of a sexual nature, one utterance of a derivative of the f-word).

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

This eighties-era black comedy revolves around the Rose family: a man and a woman who suffer a bitter divorce that goes from being merely hatred towards each other to an outrageous battle for the spoils of their lives, including their beautiful dream home.

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