Kramer Vs. Kramer

1979, Movie, PG, 105 mins

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KRAMER VS. KRAMER
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For weepie fans, a high class divorce, finely played. KRAMER VS. KRAMER is, essentially, a television movie that was raised into the feature category by the excellence of the execution. With Robert Reed in the Hoffman role and Suzanne Pleshette as his wife, it would have been a typical CBS entry.

Based on a novel by Avery Corman, the story takes place in New York City and shows Streep, an independent woman, leaving husband Hoffman, an art director in an ad agency, for no other reason than that she wants to "find herself." Hoffman is left to care for their young son, Henry. The extra strain of having to be both father and mother to Henry causes Hoffman to make some mistakes at work and lose a major account, which results in his getting fired. On top of that, Streep surfaces and is suing for custody of the child she's abandoned. Streep now has an excellent job and can afford day care for Henry, so she wants him back.

It's the old wash, but so well done that we can overlook Benton's manipulations of our emotions and let our feelings flow. Movies about divorce and the wrenching apart of families have been part of the motion picture scene since the silents. They will always work, however, if the writing is honest and if the acting is sincere. leave a comment

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