Happy to be wrong: I assumed "Terms of Endearment" would be one of those Eighties weepies. I suppose on some level it is, but it's also just an uncommonly well-written, well-acted, and well-directed Hollywood movie. There were several scenes where a cliche line of dialogue was followed by a clever retort I'd never heard someone say onscreen before, and Debra Winger gives one of my favorite performances of the decade.
When this came out dramadies were less box office prevalent than they've been in recent decades, therefore it was a bit novel when it was released. TOE is well-scripted and candid about some then-taboo topics (cancer, infidelity, aging) and the cast do their jobs with aplomb - perhaps then a great film for the time. But times have changed and ouch that wretched score.
Starting my day with watching it was a good idea. The great performances, the good transitions from funny to sad, the very pretty outfits and dresses of MacLaine. I just hate how much it made me weep, but just because a movie makes you cry, doesn't mean it's no good. I just have a weakness for family movies.
Shirley MacLaine is a great actress and she absolutely owns this film with her performance as Aurora. This film is a tear jerker but it earns our sympathy with great acting and well developed characters. This film is about the importance of family and a significant other. This film is an emotional roller coaster that has a lot of wisdom in the details.
This is about challenges in life. And how people deal with it. Somebody said: "This movie is not about manipulating feelings but about releasing them." Right said. I watched this several times & each time I observe why it goes straight into my heart: it's Shirley MacLaine's performance & the way she struggels. The chemistry between her & Jack Nicholson is emazing. Entire cast is great & so is the script. Masterpiece.
Off-beat, as they say. All of the characters are pretty odd, hard to relate to. This makes it interesting. I love Debra Winger in this, although the Oscars went to Nicholson and MacLaine. The soundtrack is horrible.