Echoes of “Madame Bovary” in the American suburbs. Sarah’s in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison – two years for indecent exposure to a minor – living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie’s mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead?
User Reviews: A great adaptation of Perrota’s gem of a novel. I enjoyed the book so much that I actually dreaded seeing this film because I was sure that I would be disappointed (as is almost always the case when you read the book first). But I was relieved to find that the film was excellent probably because Perrita was wrote part of the screenplay. I know many hate being "hit over the head" with narration, but I think it adds some strong fabric to the story line. I loved the new ending (so much different than the book) too.
The only big problem I had was the casting of Winslett. She was great of course, but she doesn’t pull off the "plain-Jane" that Sara is supposed to be. In fact she is up to par or even prettier than Connelly.