Erica is unmarried only temporarily in that her successful, wealthy husband of seventeen years has just left her for a girl he met while buying a shirt in Bloomingdale's. The film shows Erica coming to terms with the break-up while revising her opinions of herself, redefining that self in its own right rather than as an extension of somebody else's personality, and finally going out with another man. Erica refuses to drop everything for Saul, an abstract expressionist painter, simply out of love for him because he expects her to. It is not so much loneliness that is her problem, and the problems that men, flitting around this newly "available" woman like moths round a flame, bring to her sense of independence.
She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is... an unmarried woman.
Did You Know?
Press materials for this movie featured the film's "an unmarried woman" title logo in lower-case letters with a picture of a ring (symbolizing divorce) forming the letter "O" in the title's last word. See more
Erica tells Martin they've had sex around 2000 times (twice a week for 16yrs). Before having sex with Charlie, she tells him that she's only slept with 1 man in the past 17 years. See more
[Martin and Erica are jogging along the river
Jesus Christ! Look at this - my sneaker's ruined!
They're only thirty-five dollars.
[Erica takes Martin's shoe and cleans it off for him
Fucking city's turning into one big pile of DOG SHIT!
[shouting at passing traffic
Come on out and take a crap on me - everybody else is. Fuck.
[Martin lights a cigarette
...been jogging for 2 1/2 miles - you're giving yourself lung cancer.
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Maybe I'm Amazed
Written by Paul McCartney
Performed by Jill Clayburgh
and Lisa Lucas See more