[Quick Summary: A thrice married mother breaks down in public, and the story explores of her difficult attitudes and marriage.]
I did not like this script.
In a series of flashbacks, we learn that:
- This is a story of Jo, who melts down in Harrods department store.
- She has a passel of kids from previous marriages, and wants more.
- Jake, her third husband, is fed up and is at a loss.
- Jo is recovering from the breakdown.
I did not like these characters, but I could deal with it.
I did not like the plot, but I could deal with it too.
However, the story was going nowhere, and that I could not stomach.
Jo fits so well in this nursery rhyme:
"Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well."
But in a film? Not for me.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: The more I read, the more that I sense my limits.
If someone asked me to pitch a take on this novel, I'd have to pass.
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
by Harold Pinter
Adapted from the novel by Penelope Mortimer