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BLUE VALENTINE is another example of a lewd, depressing Hollywood portrayal of heterosexual marriage as a secret haven of misery between couples who hate each other yet are bound together for life. Most of the movie jumps back and forth in time, so the character arcs are confusingly scattered throughout the movie. This makes the acting hard to follow too. BLUE VALENTINE also contains two very graphic sex scenes and much foul language. It’s small, slow and downbeat, with an utterly negative take on marriage. So, media-wise viewers will be turned off completely by it. FIREPROOF is still one of the best, most redemptive movies about marriage you can ever watch.
(RoRoRo, H, Fe, B, P, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, AA, D, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview with some light humanist/feminist elements and some light moral elements, in an incredibly depressing story of a six-year marriage coming apart at the seams, features wife wanting to dump husband for extremely selfish reasons, mainly upset he plays like a child with their daughter and wondering why she really has two children to raise, but he is (in reality) a fairly decent guy, plus scenes are set around a July Fourth celebration; at least 41 mostly strong obscenities and profanities; male lead gets beaten up by female lead’s boyfriend after she tells boyfriend she’s pregnant and the boyfriend realizes she’s cheated on him with the lead actor’s character, and mother finds the pet dog is dead and has been killed by a car; two very graphic oral sex scenes, the woman doesn’t appear to be happy about having sex, nearly looking like she’s being forced into it by her husband, and implied promiscuity before marriage; brief upper female nudity and some upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, tattoo, female lead goes in to have an abortion but decides against it at last moment, leading male lead to agree to marry her and raise the baby as his own with her (even though he believes the child was conceived by her ex-boyfriend), lead couple goes to a “fantasy theme” cheap motel to rekindle their romantic spark yet they mainly get drunk and argue, complete lack of forgiveness and understanding from wife when husband begs for another chance at the marriage, saying “I have nothing for you, there is nothing between us,” and female lead’s family shown as dysfunctional during her teen years in a flashback.
BLUE VALENTINE is another lewd, depressing example of a Hollywood portrayal of heterosexual marriage as a secret haven of misery between couples who hate each other yet are bound together for life.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, the story follows the highlights of the six years from the day they met until the day she dumps him forever. The wife was accepted to medical school but dropped out to marry her much more simpleminded husband, who never even finished high school. They argue a lot, however, while their coworkers, friends and family strive to keep the pair apart or together, depending on the predicament. [SPOILER ALERT] Ultimately, the wife says she’s leaving her husband forever.
Most of the movie jumps time periods back and forth, so the character storylines are confusingly scattered throughout the movie. This makes the acting hard to follow too. BLUE VALENTINE also contains two very graphic sex scenes and much foul language. It’s small, slow and downbeat, with an utterly negative take on marriage, so media-wise viewers will be turned off by it. FIREPROOF is still one of the best, most redemptive movies about marriage you can ever watch.