By Margot Mifflin
Updated April 09, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Intimacy

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  • Movie

In some pre-feminist era, this male midlife saga might have registered as a heroic tale of self-realization. But Kureishi’s protagonist, Jay, is such a sad sack of macho cliches — from his chronic philandering to his aversion to housework to his belief that divorcing one’s wife means abandoning one’s kids — that he emerges as a ’50s relic in a Vivienne Westwood jacket. Is he leaving his marriage because of his nubile young lover or because of his crotchety wife (”She thinks she’s a feminist but she’s just bad-tempered”)? Kureishi — the British screenwriter best known for the film My Beautiful Laundrette — never explains. Intimacy is a tedious exercise in self-justification whose predictable conclusion lands Jay exactly where he started: in protracted adolescence. C-

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Intimacy

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  • Movie
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  • UNRATED
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  • 119 minutes
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