A compellingly watchable, suspenseful, and often funny treatment of a grim subject--the hatred that can build up in a long-term marriage--that also becomes an indirect commentary on yuppie materialism.
A flawless proof that De Vito works as director and method actor, at same time. The how and why a marriage made in heaven fall step by step into the highway to hell. Mixes witty drama and comedy with a bitter final act. ¡Bravo for Douglas and Turner!
Director DeVito, who never did know when to quit, manages to be as clever as he is vicious. His first movie, "Throw Momma From the Train," seems almost lyrical in comparison to the ruthlessness of this vehicle.
This is a very amusing film. Its pretty simple comedy I guess - visual, slapstick type comedy but I found it an easy and enjoyable watch. The script is fairly witty/sharp and there are some tense and borderline gripping moments as well as the funny ones. This film features a good cast and it makes for a decent watch as a comedy film - ok its a bit cheesy and some may think its a little too over the top but I enjoyed it as a bit of easy basic entertainment. Whats not to like?. So yes, I'd recommend it. I also liked that the wife really stood up for herself. I didn't always agree with what she did but I kind of respected her attitude for the most part anyway. This film does have a comic book feel to it but in a good way I guess - the characters are perhaps a little over animated but I enjoyed it, so, make of that what you will.
"Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie." Trust me, I know exactly what that movie is. I thought this is the third movie starring Michael, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito and all I get is a different movie with character names changing. First of all, in two films they have Jack Colton, Joan Wilder and Ralph and now they changed into Oliver and Barbara Rose and Gavin D'Amato. What the hell happened all that time? Apparently the film had no narration from Kathleen Turner just like in two films she did and she's not a novelist anymore and Danny DeVito is not a crook and Michael Douglas is not a hero anymore. All they have here is very different. I mean, yeah, Danny DeVito narrating and directing it and, yeah, this is going to be funny and, yes, this movie really is funny. The end battle is hilarious as f£$k and I also laughed at the scene that Oliver eats pate but thinks it's dog food. That had me laughing! The rest of the film is funny, hilarious and well acted. The cinematography is great, it's like something in the 40's and 50's. That's really impressive! If you think this is the third of the trilogy just like me, this is not the trilogy. This is a film that is different than any film with three actors/actress then I think The War of the Roses of the film for you. Give it watch and see if it'll laugh your @$$ off.