“Your life is really full of crap, isn’t it?”
A housewife (Carrie Snodgress) married to a demeaning and demanding husband (Richard Benjamin) rebels by having an affair with a self-absorbed writer (Frank Langella).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
- Marital Problems
Frank and Eleanor Perry’s adaptation of Sue Kaufman’s novel is a delightfully acerbic glimpse at gender roles in the early 1970s. Keeping in mind the film’s title (the story is distinctly told from Snodgress’s point of view), it’s easy to accept the humorously over-the-top depictions of both Benjamin and Langella as true male chauvinists — this is how she perceives them. Snodgress — who was nominated for an Oscar in her first leading role — is marvelous as Tina, the titular housewife, managing to make us believe not only that Tina would put up with Benjamin’s abuse, but that she would rebel with a man who treats her just as badly. Through incisive editing, we’re shown Tina choosing to visit Langella each time things get too awful at home — it’s her version of a safe haven. The clever ending — which puts the entire story in a slightly different light — is especially well-conceived.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Carrie Snodgress’s wonderful performance as Tina
- Richard Benjamin as Tina’s hideously self-righteous husband
- Frank Langella as Tina’s equally insufferable lover, George
- A witty look at oppression and liberation in the early days of women’s lib
Yes, for Snodgress’s Oscar-nominated performance. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.
- Noteworthy Performance(s)
- Oscar Winner or Nominee