We all have our hang ups that bother us more that most. For me one of those is films about affairs, which I think almost always come off as morally repugnant. But here again we see how these things are always a matter of perspective. This is respectful of all of the reasons someone would want to have an affair while still also being honest about the larger problems involved. This offers no resolution, no endorsement, it just makes its central character sit in an uncomfortable middle ground. That is real. That is being a human being.
I’ve talked about the gender politics of his films in a lot of my Tashlin write ups. Here we get maybe the most overt handling of these themes, but still in a very complex/muddy way that makes it not entirely clear what the film is trying to get across. I wish someone would have shown more interest in this side of his work when he was alive so he could have elaborated on it. Right now this film feels down right feminist, but compromised and I want to know if that was studio pressure, intentional, what.