The Decline of the American Empire (1986) - Comedy, Drama

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Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend at a country retreat.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 35 found boring (22.85%)

One-line Reviews (20)

Engaging often funny, intelligent talk-fest about sex.

) is still as fresh, witty and engrossing as it ever was.

Eventually, the women arrive and dinner commences, an unexpected guest shows up and eventually, secrets are revealed.

Witty and Entertaining .

Throughout the story there is some fascinating dialogue, as the characters apply their own lives to the theories they espouse.

Unfortunately, with no one left to root for, you're left as empty as these character's souls.

Snappy Talk .

Of course with B-grade art house films that tend to stereotype and even make trite Canadian culture and values it WAS no wonder that we all felt that way.

I asked myself why I found the men's banter more entertaining than what I have overheard many times in men's locker rooms, and the answer is that it is witty and literate rather than crude and unimaginative.

According to the female historian character, who bores us with this fact, America is showing signs of it's decline (Admittedly she goes into greater detail than me).

It was pretentious and quite tedious.

Actually, worse than being simply boring, seeing nude 40-year-olds is, well, unpleasant.

Geez--most of the main characters behaved like rutting weasels and their bragging about their MANY infidelities grew tiresome.

Basically, the idea in this film is that these characters insatiable drive to find comfort, security, and pleasure in sexual acts is actually the unhealthy motive that makes them so unbearable to themselves--which they hide from themselves with more sex.

You can't live in a world where a true auteur such as Arnaud Desplechin is crafting ensemble character dramas that are so vivid and fascinating, and then look at this garbage and think it's anything worth watching.

The film is also very entertaining.

LE DECLIN DE L'EMPIRE AMERICAIN studies human sexuality in a dry and boring manner.

They got into a convo about how silly and mundane it was to pick up girls while dancing at a disco.

More than anything, however, the film should be noted for its script, Arcand possessing a preternatural skill for witty dialogue which makes the film enjoyable and engrossing throughout.

tedious, abysmal .