When is your wife ovulating? Apparently there’s an app for that. Why won’t your midlife-crisis-addled husband take his boss biker helmet off at a restaurant? (“You do look mentally challenged.”) Why would a couple give their friends a gift that’s illegal to import? (“We have a guy.”) Maybe the biggest question is why do people stay married at all?
That’s the premise behind I Do…Until I Don’t, the new film from writer-direct0r-star Lake Bell. The ensemble comedy follows three couples stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker, Vivian (Dolly Wells), who is out to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.
“Will you accept that marriage is dead?” she asks an assembled group early on.
But this is a filmmaker with an agenda. When things go a little too smoothly, Vivian decides, “I need chaos.” So she kisses one of her subjects. Mission accomplished.