If you have not seen the film, “Nuts” starring Barbara Streisand and Richard Dryfus, I highly recommend this film to anyone and everyone.
The film was made in 1987, and was misunderstood, denied, or neglected by both audiences and critics when it was first released. But this film is so timely for our current day.
Forget that it is extremely well-written, funny, and greatly acted. This film speaks the truth about our judgements of others, our judgements of “right and wrong” and about the way society puts too much power in the hands of people with degrees on their wall, and makes them out to be “normal” while we judge those with less than honorable jobs as ‘lower than’ or “nuts.”
But more to the point, this film speaks the truth and shows the real American situation, not the apple pie version. The reality in America is that upstanding well-dressed men and their ‘well-behaved’ wives are often not what they appear to be, and that people who do things that are considered “low-life” to some, are actually people who do what they do because they were conditioned that way by their ‘upstanding’ parents.
The film also shows how abused people re-create their abuse. I absolutely love that this film gets people to question “what is normal?” because, in my opinion, much of mainstream America is abnormal, neurotic and dysfunctional…while those who are considered “abnormal,” “different,” or “unsuccessful” are usually the sane ones that I want to be around.
This film was based on a play, and some people say on a real life story, but I cannot confirm that. Nevertheless, Barbara Streisand deserved an Oscar for her performance, and even if it is not a true story, it is a very true story that countless abused women (and some men) have lived.
If you have not seen it, rent it. If you have seen it, watch it again.