The Lovers

2017 | 94 minutes | Rated R

Stealing the plot of Tom Stoppard’s OG infidelity play The Real Thing, the Lovers are Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts), unhappily married baby boomers who are cheating on each other, and then start cheating on their ~*vaguely artsy*~ sidepieces with... each other! How zany! How unexpected! How sad to waste the talents of Winger and Letts on such a thin premise! The Lovers is a dispiriting parade through all of the worst parts of adulthood. It’s a movie in love with its own solipsism and indulgent of its awful protagonists, despite evidence that they’ve saddled their son (Tyler Ross) with major trust and anger issues. At one point, we see him with his girlfriend’s parents. As I watched a blandly pleasant depiction of a family who actually seem to like each other, I wished I was watching a movie about them instead. Read the full review by Megan Burbank.

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Film Credits
Director
Azazel Jacobs
Cast
Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Melora Walters, Aidan Gillen, Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula, Lesley Fera, Eric Satterberg