It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
"Married to It" tells the story of three couples, thrown together by chance at a school function, who become friendly and help each other weather life's vicissitudes. One couple is rich and newlywed, one is made of long-married former hippies, and one is young and having troubles. It's sort of like those arithmetic problems about A, B and C, where they all have two-gallon buckets but when C gets to the top of the hill he discovers that his bucket has been leaking at a rate of two pints an hour.
"Married to It" has its heart in the right place, and wants desperately to shed light and sympathy on the challenges of modern marriage, but the screenplay marches from scene to scene as if solving a jigsaw puzzle.
It's hard to juggle six major and several minor characters in a story that wants to say something meaningful, but other movies have done a better job - "Parenthood," for example, with three generations of an extended family.
Couple A (Cybill Shepherd and Ron Silver) are rich. She's his attractive new trophy wife, none too pleased that a daughter from an earlier marriage is moping about in a state of perpetual discontent. Couple B (Beau Bridges and Stockard Channing) have been married for a long time, after a classic '60s start that involved sex, drugs and rock and roll. Their family leads a shabby but comfortable lifestyle. Couple C (Mary Stuart Masterson and Robert Sean Leonard) are starting out. She's a school counselor, given a broom closet for an office, and he's an up-and-coming young securities analyst.