Jeff Labrecque
September 05, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Married Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/07/08
performer
Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Cooper, Rachel McAdams
director
Ira Sachs
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Ira Sachs, Oren Moverman
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Rachel McAdams plays a Hitchcock blonde who enchants two pals — a married man (Chris Cooper) and a debonair bachelor (Brosnan) in Married Life. Yet her character is never alluring enough to explain why the guys are so tempted to misbehave. In a commentary, director Ira Sachs venerates the ’40s movies of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that influenced him; three fascinating alternate endings dissect how a different finale (car crashes, murder charges) seismically alters an entire film. B-

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