USA | 1986 | 108 min | A

A food writer pregnant with her second baby finds out her husband is having an affair.


If I wanted to be nice, I would say that this is a movie based on the real-life relationship of Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein, directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, and Stockard Channing. Which it is. But it’s also a movie that shows a strong, career woman who gives it all up for a man who repeatedly cheats on her, after she has born him children, and then tries to find the strength to return to her career as a food editor/writer, as well as be a good mother, and stand up to the man who consistently wrongs her.

This is a movie that will definitely make you hate men, and especially if I told you that Jack Nicholson was cheating on his real-life partner, Anjelica Houston, the entire time he was filming this.

All of that being said, the movie isn’t entirely gloomy. Meryl Streep’s character, Rachel, woos us time and time again with the food she prepares for friends and family, which almost paves the way for her role as Julia Child in JULIE & JULIA. Morever, her resilience in this film is the stuff of #wcw. And if it brings you down to think of the lying and cheating husband of the film, take comfort in the fact that we will be serving individual, lime pies with it–the dessert that Rachel eventually uses to humiliate Mark, her husband, and walk away from him for good.


Director: Mike Nichols
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels



About the chef & restaurant

XO Bisous is a French-inspired cafe in the Financial District, owned and operated by pastry chef, Genna Steckel. It serves “Breakfast and lunch items as well as delicious, handcrafted pastries.”


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