Terms of Endearment
Directed by James L. Brooks
I am afraid I am going to be judged terribly for not shedding a single tear over this film. Even my sister, who didn't even like this movie, admitted to crying over it. Perhaps I am made from stone.
Aurora and her daughter Emma are closely connected, although Aurora is often extremely overbearing and judgmental of Emma's decisions. Both are searching for real love. Emma seeks it with Flap, a philandering college professor, while Aurora falls for her womanizing, retired astronaut neighbor Garrett Breedlove (who wouldn't fall for someone with a name like that?).
There is no denying that this film is well done. The acting is spectacular (Nicholson seems to get better with age) and the characters are not your typical good guy/bad guy archetypes. I just couldn't connect to this film. The dialogue and story lines certainly didn't remind me of any of my female relationships, although I felt like the director was willing me to find the whole thing relatable.
I think a lot of people will dub this a "chick flick" which is a rather insulting and dismissive term. We should at least have a male equivalent for this that is just as snobby. Has anyone coined dick flick?
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis were considered for the main roles.