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We Don't Live Here Anymore

About.com Rating 2.5 Star Rating

By Marcy Dermansky

mark and naomi

Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts share an afternoon tryst at a local motel.

A beautiful, talented cast is wasted in John Curran's overly artful, overwrought melodrama "We Don't Live Here Anymore." Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, and Peter Krause take turns suffering from fits of jealous rage and sexual ecstasy sleeping with their best friend's spouse, all the while neglecting their precocious children. Oh, how they suffer. And yet, their pain illicits exasperation rather than empathy.

Larry Gross's screenplay is adapted from two short stories by Andre Dubus, "Infidelity" and "We Don't Live Here Anymore." Several years ago, Todd Field did a terrific job adapting the Dubus novella "The Killers" for the quietly affecting "In the Bedroom" but that success was not repeated here.

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