Kramer vs. Kramer

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"How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?"

Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry and Jane Alexander. The film is based on the book of the same name by Avery Corman.

Plot

Ted Kramer (Hoffman), an advertising executive and his wife Joanna (Streep) get a divorce which results in having Billy getting a severe impact on it. Later, the two have a custody battle over Billy and after that, he decides to stay with Ted.

Why It Rocks

  1. The writing and dialogue is well done.
  2. The film shows how divorce can impact various people in life, especially a young child.
  3. Dustin Hoffman as Ted has probably one of the best performance of his career in this movie.
  4. Justin Henry did a good job playing Billy.
  5. We get a touching ending where Joanna wants to be with Billy again.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ted is unlikable in a bunch of scenes, especially when he yells at Billy.

Reception

Kramer vs. Kramer received positive reviews from critics and audiences and currently holds a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.9 out of 10. Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars and stated about the film "Kramer vs. Kramer wouldn't be half as good as it is - half as intriguing and absorbing - if the movie had taken sides."

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for 8 Oscars at the 1980 Academy Awards, ultimately winning 5 (Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Benton), Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)).