Cinema: Love's Something You Fall in Heartburn

Directed by Mike Nichols; Screenplay by Nora Ephron

How could they ever have believed it would work? Both Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) had been through this marriage stuff before, unsuccessfully. She was a chronic worrywart; he was a legendary sexual goat. "I don't believe in marriage," she said. "Neither do I," he replied. Only one of them was joking. And yet they did have fun. She made him salads at 4 in the morning; he made her laugh with a manic-heroic rendition of Soliloquy from Carousel. He would be, she thought, just the guy to offer sex, schmoozing and comic relief, between babies. Oh,...

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