DITCHING THE DEAD WEIGHT
When Enough Really Is Enough...


In Crazy, Stupid Love Steve Carrel discovers his wife Julianne Moore is having an affair and wants a divorce.  He then meets Ryan Gosling's ladies man who coaches him on the art of pulling women.  Suddenly Carrel's cuckold becomes Casanova.

 

Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's film subverts genre staples by taking the viewpoint of the cheated on husband, when usually it's the deserted wife who finds lipstick on her husband's collar.  Then, by the time he's seen the error of his ways and his mistress without any make up first thing in the morning, she's risen victorious from the ashes of the decree absolute and doesn't think twice about ditching her dead weight ex.  The best example of this is The First Wives Club where Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler let loose a clarion call for all wives who have been left for younger models to stop wailing and get even with hilarious results.

 

Female solidarity provides the backbone of recovery from the pain of adultery in cinema until it decides to teach the love rat a lesson.  Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 classic thriller Les Diaboliques takes revenge to its limit when a deceived wife joins murderous forces with her husband's mistress and in Volver Pedro Almodóvar allows Penelope Cruz to dispose of her abusive spouse's body in a deep freeze and then continue to hang out with the girls.

 

The best way to piss off your ex is to play him at is own game though.  It's become fashionable for hoodwinked wives in Hollywood to run off into the sunset with much younger men, and who can blame them when they come in the shape of Keanu Reeves.

 

 

Read the rest of Ditching The Dead Weight, in our September 2011 issue,  Out now!

"It’s become fashionable for hoodwinked wives in Hollywood to run off into the sunset with much younger men."
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