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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Written by Lisa Todorovich

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They Thought It Was Love. It Was Really Heartburn. See more »

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Kevin Spacey:  As the subway passenger who robs Meryl Streep's therapy group. See more »

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When Rachel begins a tape recording of her life with the baby, she identifies herself as "Rachel Samstat". There is no reason for her to use her maiden name, and in the rest of the movie she uses her married name. See more »

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Mark Forman: What the fuck was that?
Rachel Samstat: He has cancer.
Mark Forman: Bullshit.
Rachel Samstat: Mark.
Mark Forman: It's bullshit!
Rachel Samstat: People don't lie about things like that.
Mark Forman: Contractors lie about everything. What'd he say, "I have cancer"?
Rachel Samstat: Exactly.
Mark Forman: Well, he probable meant that "he" has cancer.
Rachel Samstat: Who?
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great actors in mediocre relationship
20 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's a semi-autobiographical story from Nora Ephron about her relationship to famous Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) is at a wedding with her editor friend Richard. She's immediately taken with famous reporter Mark Forman (Jack Nicolson). Despite reservations, she tries marriage again. They buy a rundown Georgetown home. She becomes a housewife and a mother. Richard pushes her to continue writing. Mark starts cheating on her and their marriage falls apart.

Nora Ephron is probably too close to the material. She's not able to find the comedy or the tragedy in this. The marriage is so quick that they don't build any chemistry. I don't find their relationship compelling. It's basically doom to fail. Quite frankly, the movie is better off starting well into their marriage. I buy them more as a failing married couple. This movie does have plenty of talent and that saves it overall. Director Mike Nichols is better off trying to slash and burn the first part but he's probably too nice of a guy. There is some light humor but it only gets a few chuckles. This has some interesting moments but not so compelling story of a fatally flawed relationship.


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