Thursday, April 28, 2016

Heartburn 1986

     Nora Ephron bases this film on her autobiographical novel and it’s about the breakup of her marriage to Carl Bernstein.  Rachel is a food writer living in New York and she writes for a magazine.  She meets Marks at a wedding and he is a Washington DC political columnist.  They start dating and they fall in love.  They have a small wedding at her father's apartment and Rachel is really worried about getting married.  She stays in the bedroom for a long time.  They buy a very rundown house in DC and they have trouble with the contractors.  Rachel and Mark have their daughter Annie and Rachel thinks their life is perfect.  Rachel is going to have their second baby and she finds out that Mark has been seeing another woman.
     You wonder all along Rachel how this marriage is going to turn out because she is marrying Jack Nicholson in the film.  Jack doesn’t have a very good track record in films or real life!!  I didn’t know this was autobiographical but I did know it was based on Ephron’s novel.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

108 min, Comedy/Drama directed by Mike Nichols, written by Nora Ephron with Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton, Stockard Channing, Richard Masur, Catherine O-Hara, Steven Hill, Milos Forman, Mamie Gummer, Karen Akers, Aida Linares.

Note:  Imdb 6.0 out of 10, 47% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 494 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in New York City and Alexandria, Virginia.  Meryl Streep’s real daughter Mamie Gummer plays Rachel’s first child Annie.  Meryl had the credits list her as Natalie Stern because she didn’t want photographs of her child publicized and she was just 18 months old during filming.

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