Comedy and satire, not feverish melodrama, are the best weapons with which to harpoon social mores. An outstanding example is Divorce American Style [from a story by Robert Kaufman], which pokes incisive, sometimes chilling, fun at US marriage-divorce problems.
Amidst wow comedy situations, story depicts the break-up after 15 years of the Van Dyke-Debbie Reynolds marriage, followed by the economic tragedies exemplified by Jason Robards and Jean Simmons, caught in a vicious circle of alimony and remarriage problems.
Shelley Berman and Dick Gautier, two chummy lawyers, spotlight the occasional feeling by litigants that their personal problems are secondary to the games attorneys play.
1967: Nomination: Best Original Story & Screenplay