Heartburn

 (1,207)6.11 h 49 min1986X-RayR
Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson are wonderful together in this lighthearted look at modern romance headed for failure, based on Nora Ephron's best-selling novel. She's a magazine writer who gives up her career for love and family. He's a playboy newspaper columnist who can't quite give up his old tricks. And if that combination doesn't give a relationship Heartburn, nothing will!
Directors
Mike Nichols
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Meryl StreepNatasha LyonneJack Nicholson
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ComedyRomance
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English [CC]
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Kevin SpaceyJeff DanielsStockard ChanningCatherine O'HaraRichard Masur
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Paramount Pictures
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Drug usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Sunny's MomReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsRetreat back to the Eighties
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I'm sorry. I'm done with today's weird Apple, Starbucks, Goofle/big brother, politically correct madness culture. I've retreated back to the movies of my early adult years, when things made sense, or at least, made sense to me.
I've always loved this movie, with its icons from my generation...Streep, Nicholson, Simon( for soundtrack). Remember when people dressed for dinner, made silly jokes without the culture police menacing at your shoulder, and dialogue was based on intellect, not vulgarity? So, that's where you'll find me, until this insanity blows over.
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Cato4Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsWho can stand this?
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I had to stop watching this because the writing is terrible. For me, it's painful. First, Nicholson and Streep meet at a wedding; they flirt; and they leave together; and the next thing, they're in bed having a post-coital meal. Then, it jumps to their wedding. Wow! Talk about a leap. But then, she gets cold feet because of his reputation as a womanizer, and so she stays in bed for what seems like hours while the gathered group in the house, including the groom, are waiting for the ceremony to start. So various people go into her room, one after another to try to coax her to come out and go through with it, and that's where the hours come in because they're all having these long conversations with her, Meanwhile, the guests and even the piano player are falling asleep. We see him with his head down on the piano. That's supposed to be funny.

And then during the interludes back in the wedding room, it keeps going to these two waiters who are having this long protracted conversation about how to cook this chicken, and frankly, my impression is that they are supposed to be two stereotypical gay guys, and it's supposed to be funny, but really, it's just stupid.

Finally, Nicholson, himself, goes in to talk to her, and not in any hurry either, even though it seems like hours have passed. So, they're lying there in the bed, him beaming his trademark Nicholson grin which is painted on his face, and she tells him that if they get married, it will ruin everything because they will drive each other crazy, and his response is that that isn't going to happen because she already drives him crazy. Give me a break. That's supposed to be good writing? That was it for me. This movie is trite. The story is preposterous. The humor is hackneyed. And anyone who finds it entertaining is easy to please. I'm giving it two stars instead of one only because Streep's acting talent does come through. But, nothing could save this shipwreck.
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Shulamit WidawskyReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsThe movie has not aged well. An extra star for being kind of a classic?
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Generally, I give 2 stars for shows I could watch, but didn't like, 1 star if I couldn't keep watching it, or hated.

I'm giving this three stars even though it mostly is a 2 star movie, because it is kind of a classic. The movie has not aged well, the stereotypes are painful and racist. Perhaps the movie holds together better if you read the book, but that's not something a movie should count on.

All that said, it does reveal a particular cultural time and space, warts and all. If you are interested in an 80's era movie, but looking to see adults instead of teens, you might find this interesting.

But the title of the movie--Heartburn--says it all. Watching the movie isn't edifying, barely interesting, just heartburn of a movie.

Interesting note, the toddler is played by Meryl Streep's real daughter (for some reason the credits did not use her real name).
9 people found this helpful
MLYReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsLowered the Bar for Movies to Come
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Lowered the Bar for Movies to Come. This movie felt, and still feels like, nepotism. Someone's wife's first attempt at writing a screenplay after taking a quick, night class. Perhaps that someone felt they owed her a lift up in the film industry as a parting gift from their destroyed marriage. It's no "Kramer vs. Kramer".

Relationship-wise, this movie should have been over in 15 minutes. He's a jerk, and everyone's telling her that. Even he tells her, but she's not listening.

Who is telling Nicholson that he's attractive? Please stop.
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AmazonCustomer100Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing
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I've never seen Meryl Streep in a role where I took a dislike to her character. She simply did not seem like this role was comfortable to her. All these great actors, and I didn't like any of the characters. Great director, great actors, but nothing sparked. I don't think I've ever been blown away by Nora Ephron as a writer, and perhaps a movie that has her as a writer and then as the main character ( my feeling was that this was supposed to be, at least in part, semi-autobiographical), is perhaps where the disconnect was for me. I can almost see Meryl getting micromanaged in this role, because she just doesn't seem up to her usual self. Perhaps it was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek sketch and not filled with fully developed characters...
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becomingconsciousReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsA keeper
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I watched this movie by accident via our basic cable service (no frills and few good movies) and fell in love with the story, acting, and music. It was so well put together that I ended up buying it a few years later. For Nora Ephron to tell her story of love and divorce in such a painful yet humorous way, to me, is miraculous - because divorce is anything but funny. Maybe you need her sense of humor to get it - because I just keep watching it from time to time for a lift and a laugh, plus it makes me grateful I never went through a divorce (yet). The music they added to it is wonderful! The review on cable is 2 stars - I'd give it a 3.5 (out of 4) - to me it's very underrated. (Remember the line in When Harry Met Sally - "I'll have what she's having" - there are lines like that in this movie as well). Well written, Nora! Wish you were still here....
23 people found this helpful
VelvetReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsTwo and a half, really....
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I give it 2 1/2 stars. It is so predictable in its story line: Man flirts up woman, woman falls for it, they fall in love, get married, then next thing we see is a baby, and next thing we see is man having a fling with a socialite who lives off of flings, even though she might also (have been??) married herself.
Well, all ends up in the last "tableau" where he gets the pie in his face treatment, and game over.
I can buy Nicholson in the role of womanizer, that part is easy. But, to imagine Streep in the role of a woman who goes off on a wild affair, just like that and right out of a friend's wedding, that's too much of a stretch for me. She also dresses the goodie-two-shoes part here, more like a dapper house wife, even before she is one. So I'll categorize it into the "no need to think too hard over this one" genre. That is about it. Meeeehhhhh......
3 people found this helpful
doogiesmomReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsMovies like this are clearly why I never wanted to marry...
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Never saw this when it came out. I was quite young at the time when it did and I would not have been interested. Especially in Nicholson. My God who ever thought this man was attractive et. Yuk. In this day and age it is painful to watch. That a capable, smart woman would think it was worth giving up her career, home et to cater to a man. Literally and figuratively (she cooks a lot in the film). But it is telling of it's time. It actually makes me angry to see the stereotypes perpetuated about women in this film. Catherine O'Hara's gossiping viper who lives off other's misery is particularity painful to watch. What a waste of a great actress. Lastly again we see the big age difference. Streep was 13 years younger than Nicholson. This has to stop being the norm in films. French films don't disregard older women - or at least realistic age appropriate women. Why is it American films constantly pair much younger women with dried up men? Wishful thinking on the part of movie execs??
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