When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands.
The guy's wife informs him of her plans to divorce him at a counseling session. Husband is dumbfounded. He has several one night stands. Attends a class reunion and it appears that he wants to rekindle a relationship with an ex-girlfriend. At the end, wife approaches him about his new lifestyle and husband finally admits he now knows about her affair and that she has little room to speak when it comes to being a good role model for their daughter.Written by
A man-child drifting through life is forced to take responsibility
One of the most successful things about the movie is that after all we've seen Otto go through, when he's presented with a major fork-in-the-road life choice, the viewer may still wonder which way he'll go. The scenes with Otto and his daughter were most affecting. The daughter is the most fully-realized female character; the other women are there for Otto to bounce off of, literally and figuratively. I found myself thinking about Otto after I'd seen the movie, recalling the lows he endures, the conversation in the back yard where he confesses his feelings of being adrift, and then how he ultimately responds. For me the statement made might be summed up as "a meaningful life derives from doing your duties and paying attention to others."
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