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1,319 Ratings

Husbands

Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1970
Drama

Synopsis

A common friend’s sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.

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Husbands Directed by John Cassavetes
Most Hitchcockian is the disconnect and interplay between the charm, charisma, wit and performative playfulness of the three leading actors – whose often uproarious hijinks (and apparent improvisation and corpsing) make Husbands the most purely enjoyable of Cassavetes’ films – and the often vile characters they play.
March 14, 2018
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A remotely affecting experience, one difficult to pin down or to easily digest. It exudes unrelenting movement and talk, and Cassavetes’ probing camera, which remains observational and subjective, records with an uninhibited, almost random realism.
July 10, 2016
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It focuses on the damage of masculinity. The chummy schoolboy antics reduce the whole world to a middle school playground and the three old buddies are the rulers supreme. Reducing all women to objects in this reality has motivations of self-preservation as wives and lovers seem to be the only ones capable of bursting their middle-aged bubble. Women become objects to acquire, but also ones to handle with care, as the peripheral power they hold can shatter their fantasy immortality.
May 19, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Husbands

    "Comedy" is a term that Cassavetes could only use loosely. This one's more an absurdist drama, where the unruly excess—either the stuff of life or the stuff of acting workshops—is necessary for the moments where pure crystalline moments of emotional truth arise. A potent look at men who emasculate themselves just by clinging desperately to immature definitions of manliness. It feels like a night you're ashamed of.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Husbands

    Perhaps indicative of the male braggadocio from a previous era, the 'millennial' often subverts the alpha stereotype. Contemporary pansexual gender transcendence jars against the previous late 60s/early 70s masculine norms. Whether Cassavetes was acerbically deconstructing the rotten nature of aggressive masculinity or endorsed aspects of misogyny, I have yet to deduce. If so, can a genius also be a bigot?

  • Scottie Ferguson's rating of the film Husbands

    Like Faces, it's often difficult to sit through and suffocatingly uncomfortable. But once again, it fits the subject matter. His films are always about the barriers between people and connecting with each other; in Faces, it's jealousy, and here it's the macho male complex. Challenging but ultimately an important piece of work.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Husbands

    I acknowledge this isn't his best film but it is my favorite for whatever reason. I know the critics prefer "A Woman Under the Influence" & the hipsters prefer "Killing of a Chinese Bookie" but this one is mine. This has to be the best "Mid-life crisis movie" ever. I'm nothing like either of these 3 guys nor am I as old as they are or approve of their choices but I relate on some level.

  • Kenrick Block's rating of the film Husbands

    Right after the viewing I honestly didn't think too much of it... But as time passed it lingered in the deepest darkest parts of my subconscious AND IT WOULDN'T LET GO. Again, John Cassavetes finds incredible and even scary sides of the American dream.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Husbands

    Husbands is a searingly confrontational film made by John Cassavetes. About a trio of male friends who mourn their friends' death, the film depicts their 'shenanigans' and attempts to mourn, or forget, during their time together. Husbands stars Cassavetes himself, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara as the 3 friends & the film makes no qualms depicting the three characters they play without glamor or with sweetness. [cont.]

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Husbands

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Husbands requires just as much patience from and challenges its viewer as much as any other Cassavetes movie, but just like any other of his work, you're glad you went through it by the time you get to the other side. Some scenes are rough (that bar scene with the singing) and others are equally rewarding (Harry at home as well as the final scene.) I liked it despite the lack of Gena Rowlands.

  • Ben's rating of the film Husbands

    Cassavetes is a king. Fuck film school rules.

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