Apart from it just being plain fun, the films' main quality is in the right dose of convincing matrimonial drama and gloves-off "Home Alone" for adults. Its gradual transformation into an unrestrained blowout of suppressed anxiety was just a dog-pâté away from as excessive as mainstream comedy can get. Yet, DeVito controls it in a way it seemed quite logical one should swing from a chandelier at a certain point.
What is great about the film is that it takes a simple but troubling real life situation and expands into a cinematic divorce that is dirty and takes no stop or compromises to make this a divorce for all ages. Turner and Douglas should be praised that they go all dirty on this without demanding a typical Hollywood happy ending.