We Don't Live Here Anymore

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3 1/2

Hank (Peter Krause) is an aloof and struggling author in a New England college town. His wife, Edith (Naomi Watts), is a quiet yet unfulfilled housewife who knows that her husband is occasionally unfaithful. And the two of them share much more than friendship with another couple, Jack (Mark Ruffalo) and Terry (Laura Dern). Jack is an idealistic professor of literature, and Terry struggles with alcoholism, partially because she can never live up to Jack's expectations. Both couples have young children and share common interests, and both are unhappily married and searching for fulfillment. So, when Edith makes a pass at Jack, they quickly begin an affair. The two set up secret meetings and hide their lusty encounters for a while, but as Jack's guilt grows, he searches for relief. And he thinks he will find it if he can push Terry into an affair with Hank.

We Don't Live Here Anymore is a twisted tale of marital frustrations and infidelity. While there is certainly some truth to the marital problems depicted, there is little redeeming value in it. The film pretends to have something deep to say about the struggle to find love and happiness, but the characters act with near unbridled selfishness and lack anything resembling biblical views of marriage, love and sexuality. To the film's credit, the adulterers appear to wrestle inwardly with the consequences of their sinful behavior, and their lives demonstrate pain and unfulfillment. But the film adds intensely explicit sexual scenes and celebrates adultery. In one conversation, a man is obviously and morbidly fascinated to hear the details of his wife's affair. In addition, the movie includes a practically continuous flow of objectionable language. In short, there is no good reason for you or your family to see this film.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Warner Independent Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (10) times ? mild (damn 2); moderate (b-tt 1, b-stard 1, t-ts 1); strong (-ss 2, b-tch 1, SOB 2)

Obscene Language: Many (56) times ? moderate (p-ss 1, cr-p 2, scr-w 2, other 1); strong (f-word 32, s-word 14, pr-ck 1, other 3)

Profanity: Many (29) times ? moderate (OMG 2, G 2); strong (GD 14, J 4, C 1, JC 6)

Violence: Few times ? mild (depictions of mild domestic violence, arguing, shoving, throwing household items)

Sex: Several times ? moderate (man and wife shown having sex with motions but no nudity); strong (adulterous sexual encounters depicted several times with near nudity and graphic motions; man and woman commit adultery in secluded forest, in motel room, in a car, etc.)

Nudity: Few times ? mild (some sex scenes show skin but no breasts, buttocks or genitalia); moderate (some sex scenes show partially uncovered buttocks, woman shown in her underwear, woman removes underwear but covers herself on camera)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times ? moderate (married man flirts with a younger woman; several references to sexual encounters, sexuality and affairs); strong (use of obscene language to refer to sexual activity; repeated frank discussions of sex, sexuality and adultery; man suggests to another man that he should commit adultery because it feels good; woman tells her adulterous lover that he makes her a better wife by having sex with her)

Drugs: Several times ? mild (frequent use of tobacco, use of alcohol, reference to illegal drugs); moderate (woman is drunk and irrationally angry a few times)

Other: Children talk about God in an appropriate manner, repeated depictions of adultery and its effects on the individuals involved and their families, use of classic literature and films to discuss how life can be lived for the wrong reasons, depiction of a tension between the values of sexual happiness and marriage fidelity

Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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