04 December 2004

Having finally seen Kinsey, I have a theory about why biopics, despite their occasional awkwardness, continue to be made and watched: they're the only movies that are allowed to treat marriage as a serious topic. Kinsey contains one of the most interesting portaits of a marriage I've ever seen in a movie, covering many years and including numerous wrong turns, misunderstandings, unintentional cruelties, but also the triumphs of a strong and convincing lifetime partnership. The biopic is just about the only genre structured to tell the story of a marriage from beginning to end, I guess. Here's an interesting thought experiment: can you name five good American movies, not biopics, that treat the story of a marriage in an interesting way? Here's one: The Incredibles. Others?

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