NEWLYWEDS Add To My Top 10
Marital Mistakes and Makeups
Release Date: January 13, 2012
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Tribeca Movies/Tribeca Enterprises
Director: Edward Burns
Writer: Edward Burns
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The main couple is a physical trainer named Buzzy (played by Edward Burns) and a bartender Linda (Kerry Bishe), for whom this is their second marriage. Buzzy believes the key to their successful union is that they have very separate lives in which they aren’t together so much that they fight or get annoyed with one another. Meanwhile, Linda’s sister Marsha (Marsha Dietlein) has been married to Max (MaxBaker) for 18 seemingly happy years that are about to collapse into divorce demands. Lighting the fire that explodes everyone’s relationships is Buzzy’s sister Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) who barrels into town while secretly attempting to seduce and reconcile with an ex boyfriend. As the sister’s plans go astray, she upends the lives of all around her with her incredibly selfish, immature, and promiscuous behavior. This forces each of the two couples to ultimately decide if they’re meant to last, or to fall apart.
Shot with handheld cameras, NEWLYWEDS follows the amusing style of NBC’s sitcom THE OFFICE, which pretends to be a documentary about the characters’ lives where they reveal their deeper thoughts directly to an unseen cameraman. This gives the movie an extra visual kick. Burns openly admits he tries to create movies that chronicle the lives of Irish-Americans in New York in the same highly dialogue-driven manner as Woody Allen depicts the Jewish community in New York. Burns’ cast in NEWLYWEDS is appealing and some of the dialogue is funny, especially when it doesn’t have any lewd or obscene content.
There’s too much foul language and crude dialogue, however, including some sexual references. Even so, there are also discussions about proper behavior and what’s the right thing to do as the characters discuss their problems and the problems of their relatives. For instance, toward the end, the male protagonist’s promiscuous sister vows to change her ways, so he forgives her and sends her back to Los Angeles with $2,000 to help her straighten out her life. Eventually, the main married couple decides that honesty and open communication are important in making a marriage work. The positive resolutions aren’t enough, however, to outweigh the abundant foul language heard in NEWLYWEDS.
Of course, the missing equation in all this is a reliance on God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who can heal all broken or struggling relationships. As Jesus says in Matthew 19, what God has joined, let no man tear asunder.
Shot with handheld cameras, NEWLYWEDS follows the style of a fictional documentary where characters talk to the camera. The cast is appealing and some of the dialogue is clean and funny, but otherwise the movie is filled with abundant obscenities. It also contains some lewd sexual elements, so NEWLYWEDS is ultimately too crude.