Marriage Story is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by David Heyman and Noah Baumbach. The screenplay was written by Noah Baumbach.
Rated: R (movie contains language throughout and sexual references)
Run Time: 2h 17min
Release Date: November 6, 2019 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Noah Baumbach
Budget: $18 Million
Box Office: $2.3 Million
Marriage Story is the story of successful New York theatre director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his lauded actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johannson) who are struggling through an impending divorce and working with a mediator rather than each hiring lawyers. The two currently live in New York City where Charlie directs plays and Nicole stars in them. However, Nicole is offered a TV pilot and has to leave Charlie’s play right before its Broadway transfer to go to Los Angeles to shoot it and she takes their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) with her to stay at her mom Sandra’s (Julie Hagerty) house.
While in Los Angeles, a co-worker strongly recommends Nicole get a divorce lawyer, and refers her to Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern), a professional and extremely high-powered attorney. Nora asks Nicole her story, and Nicole explains how she was formerly a well-known actress who grew up in Los Angeles, but on a trip to New York fell in love with Charlie and began starring in his small productions, bringing eyes to his theatre which they built up together.
Meanwhile, Charlie flies out to LA on breaks from his play rehearsals to see Henry whenever he can. The two are struggling through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
“Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst.” – Ted
“The dead part wasn’t dead, it was just in a coma. And it was better than the sex, the talking. Although the sex was also like the talking. You know, everything is like everything in a relationship. Don’t you find that? And, um, so we spent the whole night and the next day together, and I just never left. Yes, to be honest, all the problems were there in the beginning too. But I just went along with him and his life because it felt so damn good to feel myself alive.” – Nicole
“I cried four times.” – Henry Barber
“Me too. I wonder if it was the same four.” – Charlie
“Getting divorced with a kid is one of the hardest things to do. It’s like a death without a body.” – Bert Spitz
Official Movie Trailer
Adam Driver as Charlie
Scarlett Johansson as Nicole
Laura Dern as Nora Fanshaw
Alan Alda as Bert Spitz
Ray Liotta as Jay Marotta
Merritt Wever as Cassie
Azhy Robertson as Henry Barber
Julie Hagerty as Sandra
Wallace Shawn as Frank
Brooke Bloom as Mary Ann
Kyle Bornheimer as Ted