Martial Problems (2017) Movie Review

Director: Dia Taylor

Writer: Julian Barbor (Screenplay) Chris Akers, Julian Barbor (Characters)

Starring: Nick Capper, Callum Gault, Aleis Duffy, Neil Goldsmith, Jonathan Hearns, Rachel Trainor

Plot: On the eve of his eviction, Ian’s home becomes invaded by Clarke, an unscrupulous gardener who recounts the events of his failed marriage in an attempt to bring closure to Ian’s prior engagement that failed to go the distance.


Tagline – Let your past make you better not bitter.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Marital Problems starts when Ian (Gault) looks like he is about to be kicked out of his home, which changes when a gardener Clarke (Capper) moves in to tell him the story of his own failed marriage, which will give Ian a chance to look back at his relationship which ending caused his life to spiral out of control.

As the two men go through their stories of their struggles in love, they learn that sometimes not everything is meant to be and maybe it is time to take life in a new direction.

Thoughts on Martial Problems

Characters – Ian has broken up with his fiancée, which has seen him lose his job and see his life spiral out of control, to the level where he might be losing his home, he gets to spend time with Clarke where he gets to unload his troubles and look to get back on his feet. Clarke is the gardener that comes into Ian’s life and does through his own story of failure in love with his married that fell apart, showing how he never really got his own life together. McManus is a handy man that helps with the house, friends with Clarke

PerformancesNick Capper, Callum Gault and Neil Goldsmith have great chemistry, they feel like we are watching the three lads talk about their struggling relationship.

StoryThe story follows two men that meet randomly and start talking about their failed relationships as we get to see how they are dealing with the problems and talking about it can finally help them getting out of the struggles. This story does give us a spotlight into the ideas of how men can react differently to failed relationships, how they sometimes just need someone to talk to, even if the story takes thing in another direction, which will bring an added comedy to everything.

ComedyThe comedy comes from different moments of reaction along with a spin on the story, it will get laughs along the way, while balancing the more serious side to everything involved.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the relationships, how they started and how they have left the men aimless in life, stuck in a house they are both about to lose.


Scene of the Movie – Janey’s visit.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The timeline of the relationships can be slightly misleading.

Final Thoughts This is a strong look at how people deal with breakups, it has laughs, relatable characters and reflection which would change how life looks.



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