Poor Bob. I almost felt sorry for him. Almost.

A few weeks ago, I rediscovered one of my favourite dark comedies of all time: "She-Devil" with Roseanne Barr and Meryl Streep. In case you have the post-Christmas blues, a broken heart, hate the entire world or generally feel like murdering someone - this is clearly the film for you!


The film centers around unhappy housewife Ruth, who is stuck at home with her kids while her husband Bob is constantly at work and clearly not interested in a happy family life with her and their children.

One night she attends a fundraiser party with her husband and meets Mary Fisher, played by the one and only Meryl. Mary Fisher is a writer of romantic novels and Ruth, who admires her, immediately embarrasses herself in front of her. Bob on the other hand, is instantly attracted to Mary Fisher, and she to him.

He ends up driving her home and eventually starts an affair with her. Ruth knows about this, but decides to wait it out. That is, until one evening when Bobs parents come for dinner and the whole situation escalates with Bob finally leaving Ruth for Mary. 

Shortly before he leaves he lists his four "assets" to his successful life: His home, his family, his career and his freedom. 

Naturally, Ruth decides to destroy all of them. 

The cast of this film is brilliant, the entire 80s look ages unexpectedly well and it never fails to cheer anyone up. It's the first film I give to any friend who just got dumped or screwed over by a guy and it's the best film to watch on a day when you can't be bothered to leave the house or your couch!

(All pictures are taken from here.)

No comments:

Post a Comment