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About the Movie
David and Judy have been separated for two years. When she shows up at David’s to sign the final divorce papers, he tricks her into staying the night with hope of reconciliation. They are joined for a Fourth of July weekend by two other couples. What ensues is an exploration of happiness, sadness, marriage, divorce, chocolate baths… and happy endings.
If you're expecting it to be like any other movie, go see any other movie.
Bizarre? Self-indulgent? Narcissistic? Yeah. Do you want to make something of it? It's a painfully self-involved movie for painfully self-involved people. So, I naturally loved it. Any autobiographical film made by Orson Welles' favorite director about his own divorce, starring his ex-wife, demands examination. Whether that examination is out of artistic respect or morbid fascination is up to you. This was a very formative movie for me, outlining any number of the relationship mistakes that I would later make. It is a film of endlessly fascinating, unflinching accuracy. Despite all of the above "flaws," none of which I personally consider to be flaws, it's a masterpiece. It's a watershed piece of American film making that can never be re-created. I find myself quoting it frequently, and it contains several metaphors with which I can identify to an uncomfortable degree. And I suspect I'm not alone. Every time I watch it, I get something different out of it. Henry Jaglom is a mad genius. I love this movie, and I'm grateful to him for having made it.