Marie and Bruce (2004)


Marie and Bruce (2004)

Based on a play by Wallace Shawn, the film is a dark but comical glimpse at one day in the breakdown of a marriage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   4.6 /10
TheMovieDb    3.8 /10
FilmAffinity   3.8 /10
Director Tom Cairns
Writer Wallace Shawn
Writer Tom Cairns
Release Date2007-03-29
Runtime1h 30min
GenreComedy, Drama
Content RatingR (R)
CompanyHoledigger Films, New Films International
Marieas Marie
Rogeras Roger
Bartenderas Bartender
David Wiater
David Wiater
Timas Tim
Party Guest at Frank'sas Party Guest at Frank's
Enidas Enid
Edwardas Edward
Antioneas Antione
Bettinaas Bettina
Fredas Fred
Waiteras Waiter

Marie and Bruce

Marie and Bruce is a 2004 American comedy drama film directed by Tom Cairns and starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. It was based on the 1978 play of the same name by Wallace Shawn, who also wrote the script with Cairns, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2004. Although the film was well received and starred many major motion picture stars, it failed to receive distribution and remained obscure, until it was released on DVD in March 2009. The music was done by Mark Degli Antoni, of the band Soul Coughing.


The story focuses on the somewhat whimsical and comical relationship between a fairly unlikely couple involved in a complex and emotionally tortured cohabitation. The real scandal begins when Marie decides to leave Bruce. Her lack of measured decisiveness in leaving, however, leads to the heaping on of verbal invective and a stream of sarcastic and pejorative language, assumed to have accumulated over the years. At the climactic dinner scene at a restaurant, Marie finally expresses her verbal contempt for Bruce but without much effect. The two discuss their future together when Bruce surprises Marie with a gift he bought for the house.


  • Julianne Moore as Marie
  • Matthew Broderick as Bruce
  • Bob Balaban as Roger
  • Julie Hagerty as Party Guest at Frank's
  • Campbell Scott as Tommy
  • Griffin Dunne as Restaurant Guest