Time: 105 mins.
Won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Streep), Director, Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Nominations for Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Supporting Actor (Henry) and Supporting Actress (Alexander).
KRAMER VS. KRAMER is a film everyone should see. I only recently watched it for the first time and I was amazed at how relevant it still is. More than a film about divorce, this is a story about a man who falls in love with his son. He realizes that their relationship is the most important thing in his life. By finding joy in fatherhood, he becomes more than just the family provider. Hoffman and Henry are wonderful together as two guys trying to deal with a life without their wife and mother. Their relationship is the cornerstone of the film and one that you will make you weep with envy.
The film opens with Ted (Hoffman) landing the major ad account he's been working to close for months. When he arrives home, he's so excited about the news he doesn't notice his wife Joanna (Streep) has a bag packed and ready by the door. She interrupts him, crushing his celebration with news of her own. She's leaving him. Their marriage destroyed her identity, leaving her no other option, other than suicide, to end her pain. Ted goes ballistic. How could she ruin the best day of his life? She can't walk out now, when everything is finally coming together. Not only is she leaving, she's not taking their son Billy (Henry) with her. Ted will just have to deal with it.
He spends all night trying to finish a presentation and worrying about his future. What he doesn't think about is how he's going to juggle his job and his new responsibility being a full-time parent. Their first father/son breakfast is pretty much a disaster Ted doesn't do things the way "Mommy" does but things eventually smooth out once it becomes clear to both man and child that "Mommy" is not coming back. Juggling his new account and taking care of Billy becomes increasingly more difficult as Ted begins to realize the immense emotional and physical effort it takes to raise a child. He also finds that he enjoys it. His work becomes a second priority, which is just not acceptable to his boss.