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The Wife (1996)





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Two dysfunctional marriages are dissected during an impromptu dinner party in this drama. Just as New Age therapists Rita and Jack are preparing to eat dinner they are interrupted by Cosmo, their patient, and his flighty wife Arlie. Jack and Rita are uncomfortable about breaching their professional relationship, but they invite them to stay. Arlie is unpredictable and unstable. Her behavior causes Cosmo untold embarrassment. Jack and Rita have their own problems as Rita desires more closeness and he desires space. As dinner progresses, the four begin discussing intimate and dark secrets from their past and present about their marriages.

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Critic Reviews for The Wife

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

A follow-up to Tom Noonan's impressive debut, The Wife is a bizarre, often provocative, serio-comic dissection of marraige as a fragile yet universal institution; an ambitious art film that's not quite emotionally satisfying.

December 22, 2006 | Rating: B
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I think this material benefits from being filmed. It craves the closeups. Four people on a stage would be too far away.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wife


Tom Noonan should get back into making films. Both "What Happened Was..." and "The Wife" are interesting and well-written, but sadly, no one's heard of either of them. I enjoyed "The Wife." Each actor does a great, great job and Noonan's direction is handsome. His script is good, but lacking in just a few areas. Overall, it really doesn't lessen the whole experience. "The Wife" is another satisyfing endeavor from a film maker that should really get back into what he does best. I'd love to see another film by him.

Stephen Earnest
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