After Happily Ever After

Documentary Synopsis:

After Happily Ever After is filmmaker Kate Schermerhorns quirky, funny and moving personal quest for the secret to a happy marriage and for answers to some timely questions about an institution that, surprisingly, is rarely examined in any comprehensive way: Why do 90% of Americans marry when half of those marriages will end in divorce? What better alternatives, if any, exist? Is marriage entering a new phase, a better and more flexible one or is it becoming obsolete? The one hour film features an eclectic mix of long married couples, from a couple who dress alike every day; to a pair of nudists and a newlywed pair of mothers; to a feisty English widow reveal their secret to making their own unions succeed. . Experts interviewed include John Gottman, who can predict divorce with shocking accuracy; economist Betsey Stevenson; Beverly Hills divorce attorney Cary Goldstein; biologist David Barash; and marriage historian Stephanie Coontz all of whom piece together the history and possible future and motivations for marriage. Along the way, Schermerhorn chronicles the joys and heartbreaks of her own marriage, and finds that even the best advice can’t always guarantee a happily ever after.

When Strangers Click

Documentary Synopsis:

Finding love has never been easy. But it’s also never been easier. Online dating sites thrive on the promise that dates and mates are just a “click” away. But are they? WHEN STRANGERS CLICK: FIVE STORIES FROM THE INTERNET, from Robert Kenner (the Oscar®-nominated “Food, Inc.”), tells the revealing stories of people whose lives were transformed in unexpected ways by online encounters. From a woman turning 30 who’s starting to fear she’ll never get married, to a failed Swedish businessman who finds love and fame in the 3D virtual world Second Life, to a young gay man for whom the Internet becomes a lifeline, the stories in WHEN STRANGERS CLICK span the range of human emotions, from loneliness to elation, from confusion to fulfillment, from humiliation to hope. The acceptance of the Internet as a way to meet, develop and maintain relationships has mushroomed, with an estimated one in five heterosexual couples in the U.S. having met online. This video Valentine’s Day card demonstrates how profoundly the search for intimacy has changed in today’s Internet-centric world, challenging the assumption that finding a partner online is shallower than in-the-flesh courting.

Interesting stats from the movie:
22% of couples met online
women are afraid of meeting a killer; men are afraid of meeting someone who’s overweight

Textbook: Casper & Bianchi, Cohabitation, p. 161-172

Please check out the Prezi on our assigned article for the day and be ready to discuss in class.

Group 3: Storify & Xtranormal on (online) dating, cohabitation, marriage (please post your links and descriptions in the comment section below).