I’ve been at home now for over two months with my husband and two young kids, and my husband decided to grow a beard during this time. And I hate it. It makes him look 30 years older, he’s constantly touching it (not great when we’re supposed to be teaching the kids to keep their hands away from their face), and food is always getting caught in it and it grosses me out. After enduring a chorus of constant complaining from all of us, he’s finally promised to shave it on May 31. I am counting down the remaining days and hours and minutes.
That’s why I’m dedicating this post to others who are quarantining with a partner who might be getting on their last nerve right about now. These are not romantic movies. These are movies about couples who discover they have serious issues — or are otherwise trying to kill each other. Why am I recommending these films? Because they’ll help put our significant others’ behavior in perspective so that we can survive the weeks ahead with a new attitude.
Downhill – Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star as a couple on vacation with their family at a European ski resort. All is going well … until an avalanche nearly kills them. After their actions in this near-death situation reveal what they value and who (or what) they’d try to save, things get tense and the marriage starts to crack. With these two A-list stars you know it’s going to be funny, but there’s definitely an edge there as well.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith – It’s the movie that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fell in love making … and, well, that seems like a really long time ago now. But hey, they’re both pretty great to look at for a few hours, and this story of two married assassins who are eventually hired to turn on each other will make you happy things haven’t gotten THAT bad in your household. (Yet.)
The Break-Up – I liked this romantic dramedy because it was hilarious in some parts, but also so real in others. It stars Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn — who were dating at the time (yes, really) — and that chemistry comes through even though the story is about their characters deciding to break up. The thing is, neither of them wants to move out of their condo. This leads to an escalating war that might be something like we’re all experiencing when our fellow family members bug the crap out of us day after day after day after day (after day). (After day.)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – It’s romantic, it’s sad, it’s deep, it’ll make you feel all the feels. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in this utterly original film about an estranged couple who have paid a futuristic service to erase each other from their memories. See why it has a cult following — and why it won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
The Five-Year Engagement – These past two months have seemed like five years, which is what made me think of this sweet comedy about a couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) whose engagement keeps getting pushed out for various reasons. Bonus: Chris Pratt and Alison Brie as supporting players!
Any of these movies might serve as couples therapy for a few hours. You’re welcome!