We Don’t Live Here Anymore
Hank (Peter Krause) is an aloof and struggling author in a New England college town. His wife, Edith (Naomi Watts), is a quiet yet unfulfilled housewife who knows that her husband is occasionally unfaithful. And the two of them share much more than friendship with another couple, Jack (Mark Ruffalo) and Terry (Laura Dern). Jack is an idealistic professor of literature, and Terry struggles with alcoholism, partially because she can never live up to Jack’s expectations. Both couples have young children and share common interests, and both are unhappily married and searching for fulfillment. So, when Edith makes a pass at Jack, they quickly begin an affair. The two set up secret meetings and hide their lusty encounters for a while, but as Jack’s guilt grows, he searches for relief. And he thinks he will find it if he can push Terry into an affair with Hank.
We Don’t Live Here Anymore is a twisted tale of marital frustrations and infidelity. While there is certainly some truth to the marital problems depicted, there is little redeeming value in it. To the film’s credit, the adulterers appear to wrestle inwardly with the consequences of their sinful behavior, and their lives demonstrate pain and unfulfillment. But the film adds intensely explicit sexual scenes and celebrates adultery. In one conversation, a man is obviously and morbidly fascinated to hear the details of his wife’s affair. In addition, the movie includes a practically continuous flow of objectionable language. In short, there is no good reason for you or your family to see this film.