Marie and Bruce (2004)

Genre(s): Drama
Genius Products || R - 91 minutes - $24.95 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-04-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Tom Cairns
Writer(s): Wallace Shawn & Tom Cairns (screenplay)
Cast: Julianne Moore, Matthew Broderick


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

There is a reason why Marie and Bruce remained shelved for 5 years before Genius dusted it off and released it silently on DVD - because it sucks! Why would anyone want to sit through this film?

Adapted from a play written by Wallace Shawn, the film tells the tale of Marie (Moore) and Bruce (Broderick) - married folk who seemingly hate their lives. The start of the film includes a slow-mo look at a typewriter falling from a window smashing on the street below. Why would that be? Well, Marie hates the sound it makes every time Bruce uses it and she wants to make his life a living hell since she does not love him. Bruce, while somewhat aware of this, walks through life doing almost nothing. Lunch with a boring friend, a walk down the street...that's what most of the film is about - them doing nothing. Its hard to even write a synopsis because the fact is the film has no plot, its just Marie and Bruce throughout one day walking around, eating, and tripping out in a park.

Here is a rough idea of how the films dialog goes (taken verbadem from the film):

"You find my attractive, darling? You know, you should fuck me sometimes, darling. Since I'm so attractive, darling, you should fuck me sometimes. You are a cunt sometimes, darling, when you don't fuck me sometimes."

Did you notice something that repeats itself? The word "darling" is used at least 200 times throughout the film. Not sure why, but Bruce uses it at either the start or conclusion of each sentence. Had this been a drinking game at the end of 10 minutes I would be on the floor, 15 in the bathroom, and at the 25 minute mark I would be in the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

This film is painfully bad. For the toughly 85 minutes the film runs I only enjoyed one scene - where Bruce buys a new, silent type writer right after his wife tells him that she hates him and never loved him. That's it. The other 83 or so minutes was painful and I can only hope the people buying this DVD are doing so because they are huge, huge fans of one of the actors.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Thankfully not a single thing.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Bruce and Marie is presented in 1.78:1. Like the film itself, the picture quality looks like something I might find on a VHS. Grain fills every scene, edge enhancement was attempted, and anything in the background tends to flicker with the slightest movement. An absolute mess.

Genius has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 track for this release. A very average track - dialog was kept to the center speaker and rears were active a few times for the soundtrack. Nothing great but nothing bad.



.::OVERALL::.

Skip this. Why it even came out on DVD is beyond me but this one deserves to be ignored.