No. 92: Kramer vs. Kramer
Divorced from reality
1979, dir. Robert Benton. Divorce, 1970s style. Dustin Hoffman is a self-centered ad man whose wife (Meryl Streep) walks out, leaving him to raise the young son he’s never paid much mind to. It’s an actor’s showcase par excellence (Hoffman and Streep both won Oscars) and a period gem—a cinematic display case of ’70s urban haute-bourgeois mores and manners. It’s also awfully Jewish: Watch as Hoffman’s Ted Kramer evolves from callow careerist to warm-and-fuzzy Jewish papa, in 105 short minutes.