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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

US 105m, Colour
Director: Robert Benton; Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander

kramer-vs-kramerKramer vs. Kramer is a family drama about a husband who fights for custody of his son when his estranged wife returns after a year during which she “finds herself”. As one in a growing list of overrated American family dramas such as Ordinary People (1980), Terms of Endearment (1983), The Kids are All Right (2010) and Boyhood (2014) this is a dreary story with a ridiculous teary Hollywood happy ending. Now if Sigourney Weaver had played the mother, and they lived aboard the Nostromo…(Klaus Ming May 2016).


4 comments on “Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

  1. Eric Binford

    Ahh … I like it. It’s a nice little film. Today, it does look like a Lifetime TV-Movie. Definitely not as much fun as “Mr Mom,” which plays like a parody of “Kramer vs. Kramer.” 😉

    • Klaus

      I had a tough time with this one. The film hasn’t aged well, and like you say, it now has the feel of a made for TV movie. I was also surprised at how shallow Streep’s performance was.

      • Eric Binford

        The problem is that it is no longer shocking to see a man raising a kid on his own. Yes, I don’t get Streep’s Oscar. Maybe the award was rewarding an excellent year — she was also in Manhattan and Seduction of Joe Tynan.

  2. Klaus

    Indeed, out changing social norms really colour the way we see old films.

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