10 Bad-relationship Movies: 5. ‘The War of the Roses’

5. “The War of the Roses” (1989) – Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner starred in the wildly funny action-picture, rom-com “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and its less-magnetic sequel “The Jewel of the Nile” (1985).  Four years later the two paired up again in another comedy, but a dark one.  Danny DeVito – who also acted in both previously-mentioned films – spins the story of Oliver (Douglas) and Barbara (Turner) Rose, a couple pitted in a vicious divorce proceeding that purposely delves into cartoonish altercations.

Barbara wants the divorce, and her point of contention is their house.  She wants it, and everything in it, because she poured her heart into their abode during their entire marriage.  Barbara won’t let it go, and neither will Oliver!

DeVito does reveal happier days when the two first met and their early years of marriage, but cracks begin to appear which eventually shake their present-day foundation.

Anyone who has suffered through a divorce will probably reminisce (and shake about) their own troubled times, and be warned, PTSD might surface.   Just remember, it’s only a movie, and your divorce is in the past.  I know…keep repeating it to yourself.

Image credits: 20th Century Fox; Trailer credits: Movieclips

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