Think of the Children

Kramer vs. Kramer did something no other movie before it dared to do. For those who are unfamiliar, Kramer vs. Kramer is film about a mother who out of nowhere decides to leave her husband. At first you might think that was an empowering thing for her to do, until you realize she just abandoned her own son. In most movies or even real life, the man is the one who leaves his family. A mother leaving was practically unheard of at the time. The workaholic father now has to take care of his son all by himself. The progression of their relationship from hating each other to loving each other is flawless. One of their most memorable scenes is “the ice cream scene.” Everything is perfect until his ex wife returns (1ยฝ years later) wanting her son back. That’s where the title Kramer vs. Kramer comes in. The movie brings up important questions about parental roles and whether or not a father is a more suitable parent. I’m sorry, but the mother is kind of despicable in my opinion. The ending will leave you with question, but that’s not such a bad thing in the long run. It’s what earned the movie 9 nominations and 5 wins including Best Picture.

Ted (left) tells Joanna (right) he can’t have their son

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