War of the Roses

Here’s a real horror movie: a couple who no longer love each other mutually break up after years of marriage, and get into an escalating tit-for-tat.

War of the Roses is a classic 1989 Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner movie chronicling how this couple got together than then breaks up – I watched it after Romancing the Stone, so it’s even more depressing. While some of the stuff that happens is over the top, the emotional escalation is extremely plausible – all the minor ways they mistreat each other, the mistakes or misunderstandings that blow out. It’s a good movie, but very unpleasant to watch.

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