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UNFAITHFUL

 
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At Theaters: 5/10/2002 On Video: 12/17/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409917
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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A middle-aged couple living a comfortable existence in the suburbs of New York City find their happy marriage falls prey to an outsider, who pulls her into an affair that will become her obsession. When her husband learns that his wife has lied to him, suspicion propels him to uncover the devastating details of her infidelity. Tormented by the knowledge, he confronts her lover.
DETAILED STORYLINE
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Thriller - It's a basic drama about an unfaithful wife. It contains very little excitement, suspense, action or plot twists to keep your interest. It's a very sexual movie and the ending will likely be a big disappointment to many. Overall, it's a sad movie as you see this family torn apart by this adultry.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Richard Gere THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, DR. T & THE WOMEN
Diane Lane HARDBALL, THE GLASS HOUSE, THE PERFECT STORM
Oliver Martinez HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF
Erik Per Sullivan THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Dir/Prod: Adrian Lyne FATAL ATTRACTION
Producer: G. Mac Brown TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 11 F-words, 9 S-words, 2 GD's Almost no others.
SEX/NUDITY: Very graphic sex scenes and female nudity.
VIOLENCE: Only one bloody scene.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in bars and at home.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Only about ten mildly funny moments.
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Very Good

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Excellent ''Unfaithful, like a more languid ''Fatal Attraction,'' becomes a thriller myth of the perils of adultery, which few filmmakers can heighten like Lyne.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Connie Sumner's heart and other organs have their reasons for straying outside a happy marriage in "Unfaithful,'' but the movie doesn't say what they are. This is not necessarily a bad thing, sparing us tortured Freudian explanations and labored plot points. It is almost always more interesting to observe behavior than to listen to reasons.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "With its frequent silent pauses and an effectively ambiguous wrap-up rare in today's Hollywood, the movie feels vaguely European. Like its predecessor, Unfaithful is really two movies: One about the affair, and the other about what happens when the husband finds out.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "This fundamentally cold (and, yes, very French) conceit is muffled in fuzzy layers of (very American) soul-baring, and yet the film's most devastating image is of Paul's body, wrapped in a carpet and half-buried in a trash-filled dump. He's reduced to the unsightly mess that had to be swept off the manicured surface of the Sumners' life, a cruelty more piercing than the couple's tear-stained marital agonies.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 255 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
7
Fairly High
86%
13-19Teens (F)
22
Fairly High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
Fairly Low
72%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
75
About 50/50
77%
30+Adults (M)
47
Fairly High
79%
30+Adults (F)
75
Fairly Low
71%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Just as I predicted below, most of the opinions are in the "Good" to "Very Good" range, which is a little on the low side. It's a movie most enjoyed, at least somewhat, but probably not a movie they will rush out and recommend to their friends. If fact, many of those that gave it a decent review indicated that they would not recommend it to friends or would only recommend it to select friends. I imagine this is primarily due to the graphic sexual content.

When you see this many opinions in the "Good" to "Very Good" range with so few "Excellent" and "Fantastic" opinions, it's a movie I can recommend but just barely. You would probably feel more like you got your money's worth if you saved a few dollars on a matinee or saw it at a second run theater for a buck or so.

Now about the ending. I was right, nearly everyone who wrote a comment about the movie said they didn't like the ending. This included those that gave it a high review. So, although they didn't like the ending, it apparently didn't have that much of an impact on their enjoyment of the movie.

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Edward and Connie Sumner are a wonderfully-maintained middle-aged couple living the American dream. Together with their eight-year-old son, a dog and a housekeeper, they share an enviable life in the suburbs of New York City. But no life goes unchallenged: This happy marriage, dampened by the routines of affluence, falls prey to an outsider when Connie has a fateful collision with a stranger on a Soho street. It's an encounter which assaults her with mystery, spontaneity, charm and risk. It will pull Connie into an affair which will become her obsession.

When Edward innocently learns that his wife has lied to him, suspicion propels him to uncover the devastating details of her infidelity. Tormented by the knowledge, he confronts her lover, only to discover a level of rage within himself that he could never have imagined.

Can a marriage so infected by deceit, guilt and anger find a way to recover?

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