Rated R / 94 minutes
Directed by: Azazel Jacobs
Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts


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The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of "cheating" on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.

'The Lovers' proves romance isn't just for the young

• 3½ stars out of four •

“The Lovers” is the rare film that acknowledges that romance isn’t limited to people in their 20s and 30s. It’s also a smart, quirky comedy that moviegoers of any age should find eminently appealing. Working from his own screenplay, director Azazel Jacobs (“Terri”) has a sure feel for the ways in which the need for comfort can be compromised by the impulse to break free. 

Winger, who has appeared onscreen only sporadically in recent years, is terrific as a woman struggling to cope with conflicting desires. And Letts has a folksy charisma that’s reminiscent of Gene Hackman in his prime.

Is romantic comedy dead? Not as long as the genre can accommodate a film as uniquely wonderful as “The Lovers.”

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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