The Lovers: LFF Film Review 

The Lovers didn’t really stand out to me on the LFF programme but I gave it a shot and ended up really enjoying myself. It is a simple yet effective romantic comedy that made me laugh a lot.

Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) have been married for years and things are getting stale. They barely spend time together or notice each other and it seems truly lifeless. Maybe that’s because they are both having affairs – Mary with Robert (Aidan Gillen) and Michael with Lucy (Melora Walters). They keep telling their lovers that they will come clean and break off their marriage once their son Joel (Tyler Ross) and his new girlfriend Erin (Jessica Sula) visit. But as the visit draws closer, Mary and Michael start to appreciate each other once again and start to reconsider their plans.

I really expected this to be quite dull and mediocre and it did take a while to get going, but once the main wheels of the plot get in motion, it is really very funny. It is fairly predictable, but it is uplifting, a joy to watch, and highly entertaining, and the cast are superb. The script is smart and the dialogue is witty and well-observed. The older audience should absolutely love this.

Screening as part of the 61st BFI London Film Festival. In selected cinemas from Friday 13th October.

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