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- Michael Whitty
"kramer vs.kramer" was Best Picture for 1979 with a great script that shows trouble at home and later a custody fight for the child with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep giving Oscar performances as New Yorkers who can't find a way out of their problem. Hollywood doesn't present concern stories too much anymore but here is one done very artistically. The effect on job performance enters in as we see Hoffman lose his job in the process and then having to get another job that is similar but pays a little less. Divorce and custody is rather personal and who gets the kid is rather personal and "kramer" triumphs in the end.
affect for effect
- don letta
What I disliked most about this unlikable film was the unrealistic setups geared to elicit the desired response from the audience. For example, getting a job as art director during a Christmas party... would never happen, and how about Dad making French Toast? If he were that incompetent, he couldn't find his way to the door, much less raise a child. It's riddled with similar cheap shots throughout, essentially assuming the audience will go along with the baloney because they're rooting for the unbelievable characters.Granted film's main strength is putting over setups, and when it works, it's mutually satisfying for both film maker and audience, but in the case of KvvsK, I was left with a feeling of being unsuccessfully manipulated.
Hoffman and Streep at the top of their game
These Oscar-worthy performances from Hoffman, Streep, and Henry (child actor playing their son), bolstered by a stellar supporting cast, remain as powerful as they did 30 years ago. That Streep's character is so polarizing (see the many negative reviews posted here) is solid proof of how well she and Hoffman worked together to tell this story, which accurately (and fairly, I think) depicted the changes in the workplace and gender politics of the late 1970s. Hoffman and Streep were at the top of their game in this film, and I'd say few of their subsequent film performances have ever been as good.
kramer versus the scoundrel self centered wife
- Dr. Tom
The ex and I, near the end of our 20 year marriage, went to see this movie. As we walked out, the wife was weeping, full of sympathy and understandin for Mrs. Kramer. Not long after, I took my two young sons and terminated the wife's role, because of such dense misunderstandings.Mrs. Kramer was the exemplar of the selfishness and ugliness of too many females in the 1970s, 'finding' themselves. The film was great at capturing that absurdity. But Mrs. Kramer is just a tiny part of the story.(The ex, by the way, thought that in the movie, Ordinary People, Mary Tyler Moore was the sympathetic character.I stayed married to her, way too long.)
A Tale With Few Good Options
- Karen Slagle
This movie tugged at me as a young mother and wife when it came out. This morning as a grandmother, it still does the same as before. Meryl Streep's portrayal of a mother seeking to "find" herself while having a young son is so true for many women. But, in the end she left her son with his father in the home he grew up in. That is a mother who truly loves her child. I imagine at the end that the mother and father will co-parent in a more healthy manner keeping the child's best interests in mind. I could empathize with the mother's need to not be smothered in a marriage that she could not stay in. Then, it worked out in the end for all. A great movie and accurate to many people's life experiences. Thank you for airing it! It took me back about 30 or more years! :-)
- Ted from Richmond
Hadn't seen this in years until TCM Monday night. I was amazed at the economic storytelling. Not a shot, or word is wasted - Benton and the great editor Gerry Greenberg let the story convey visually. No wonder it won Best Picture Oscar. Howard Duff is fantastic.
Took me 30 years to see it.
Well, I came out from under my rock and saw K vs K on TCm last nite. I found it to be a very good movie in terms of pulling at my heart strings. I loved the ending, the scene where they are waiting for Joanna to come pick up thier son after the custody battle was heart breaking.Bags packed, crying, the right thing was done though. I'm a single parent ( male ) so I have a biased op.Ricky
It almost ruined Meryl Streep for me!
- David Paisley
Director Robert Benton insists that he made the character of Joanna Kramer sympathetic and believable, and I'm assuming, in retrospect, that Meryl Streep--in this early outing--gave Benton just what he wanted. If she did, then what he wanted was far from sympathetic and believable only as a monster--for that is what Joanna Kramer is, a monster who wants it all, no matter what it costs anybody else in her life. I kept hoping for the deus ex machina to come in and strike her dead! Joanna is a cold, unlovable bitch and Meryl did such a good job of portraying her that it took me a long time to look at her in other roles to realize what a wonderful actress she is! Of course she has long since proven her versatility as an actress--the ghastly and unwatchable "Mamma Mia!" notwithstanding! Hoffman's performance is winning, and if the kid is a bit treacly, well, aren't they supposed to make you say "a-w-w-w-w" even as you barf?This film, obviously, is not high in my list. Everybody in the cast is better, elsewhere. I rated the film "8" for fans of this genre-that is to say, people with no taste.