Woody Allen's HUSBANDS AND WIVES explores the collision of the need for commitment and the longing for personal freedom in the lives of two married couples. HUSBANDS AND WIVES contains many interesting observations on the pros and cons of single and married life, but they come delivered with excessive profanity and vulgarity, two adulterous relationships and the bleak absence of spiritual values.
Woody Allen’s HUSBANDS AND WIVES explores the collision of the need for commitment and the longing for personal freedom in the lives of two married couples. In his characteristically slippery way, Allen manages to affirm the reality of the human need for enduring, committed relationships while choosing to rebel against it in favor of personal autonomy. The marriage of Gabe and Judy Roth (Woody Allen and Mia Farrow) is impacted by the marital breakup of their best friends Jack and Sally. As Jack and Sally try out new partners, Judy and Gabe become involved in relationships that are not affairs, but still awaken tensions and unfulfilled longings that lead to the breakup of their marriage.
HUSBANDS AND WIVES is filmed in a choppy, anxious, cinema verite style, utilizing a hand-held camera. The scenes are interspersed with interviews with each character, separate and together, like a documentary or a news program. This creates a tension which complements the performances. Although fascinating in its perceptions, HUSBANDS AND WIVES is brought down by a multitude of sins. It will not take long for many viewers to become tired of these characters and their relentlessly selfish attitudes.
(H, LL, Ab, SS, NN) Existential humanism complete with: 43 obscenities & 17 profanities; some extremely crude references to sexual pleasure; gratuitous insult to God and prominent graffiti reading "Gay 90's"; 2 adulterous relationships & adulterous attraction of older man to 20 year old woman; and, adulterous sex scene with upper female nudity.