Review: ‘Divorce American Style’

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.

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

Divorce American Style

Production

Columbia. Director Bud Yorkin; Producer Norman Lear; Screenplay Norman Lear; Camera Conrad Hall; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director Edward Stephenson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Dick Van Dyke Debbie Reynolds Jason Robards Jean Simmons Van Johnson Joe Flynn
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