People Are Turning This Very Serious ‘Marriage Story’ Scene Into A Very Funny Meme
Nothing screams my opinion was better like punching a hole into your apartment wall.
Netflix’s new film Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is being praised by audiences online.
The plot follows director Charlie (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) as their marriage breaks down. The pair must navigate the perils of messy divorce with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) in mind, when Nicole decides to make the move from New York to Los Angeles.
Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach of The Squid and the Whale, is being celebrated by audiences and critics alike. Empire calls Marriage Story, “a tender, taut gem of a film that will make you reconsider love and loss” while The Guardian claims the film is “adroitly balanced and emotionally calibrated.”
Audiences, on the other hand, highlighted the power of the emotionally-charged film, and took the time to praise Driver and Johansson for their acting throughout.
marriage story is the only film of the year. masterpiece. iconic. i sobbed. i'm sobbing. i will never recover. yes. pic.twitter.com/eDwtYnwuYy
— rini. (@reysbensolos) December 6, 2019
Finally got to see #MarriageStory. A feat of genius from all involved. I laughed, I cried, I was punched in the gut. A wonderful film. Acting deserves Oscars for sure.
— Lauren Gallo (@MissGallo) December 8, 2019
cried so much over marriage story half my ears is plugged pic.twitter.com/P3KPZ4MwH1
— merritt wever fanacc (@SCRlPPS) December 6, 2019
However it was one scene in particular that stood out amongst the rest — the scene of Charlie and Nicole in Charlie’s near-empty apartment as they discussed cheating and love.
During the heated discussion over what constitutes cheating, the camera darts back and forth between the pair as they shout. The argument peaks when Charlie punches a hole into the apartment wall.
We are brainwashed into thinking that wedding is the ultimate goal in all romantic relationships, so we tend to invest more on the wedding. It is ironic because a wedding takes place one day, while marriage lasts a lifetime.
— petite fille (@Eychhhh) December 8, 2019
The strong, serious and beautiful scene stuck with viewers. In particular, Charlie’s line about laughter and sex hit home for a lot of people who took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
There was a line in #MarriageStory that hit me like a bus, and it was something like “you shouldn’t be upset that I fucked her, you should be upset that I had a laugh with her.” Jugular, that one. pic.twitter.com/G13azPqSbp
— Miguel Poblador (@MiguelPoblador) December 8, 2019
I cant stopped thinking about THE scene in marriage story and charlie says “you shouldn’t be upset that I fucked her, you should be upset that I had a laugh with her” GOD THE WEIGHT OF THAT STATEMENT IS SO MUCH
— stephanie (@crimsonkylo) December 8, 2019
But the seriousness of the scene and the animation of the actors also made the apartment meltdown scene ripe with meme potential. People started to place disagreeing opinions over the images of Charlie and Nicole as they fought — similar in style to the American Chopper Argument meme.
— Ben Rosen (@ben_rosen) December 7, 2019
This movie seems too intense for me. pic.twitter.com/HKRHiBUGHf
— Conan O’Bryan Yang (@bryanyang) December 7, 2019
— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) December 8, 2019
People even used the meme to start questioning the treatment of the characters in relation to Noah Baumbach’s own lived experience. This is because Marriage Story parallels some elements of Baumbach’s divorce to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who had a similar career start to Nicole and also moved to Los Angeles after the birth of their son.
No other film has me warring with myself quite like Marriage Story pic.twitter.com/vQwSy8Vgea
— Cathy Brennan (@TownTattle) December 7, 2019
— Marshall Shaffer (@media_marshall) December 7, 2019
Beyond the current nameless ‘Marriage Story Meme’, other moments of the movie have been poked fun at online too.
White Women dance like they’re summoning rain https://t.co/6Nx1fPZrbe
— milk and hennessy (@ablsaint) December 7, 2019
AND WHAT WAS HER SISTER? A PRINCESS, THE WICKED WITCH OF THE EAST BRO pic.twitter.com/h0X169nda0
— olive mcgowen (@olivemcgowen) December 7, 2019
But as with most films, it’s probably going to take a couple of weeks for people to catch on and meme Marriage Story to it’s full potential.
Me when I still haven’t had the time to see Marriage Story so I have no context to all the twitter memes pic.twitter.com/r3IPJywZ9H
— 🕷 DracuLaCroix 🦇 (@sherlock_la) December 8, 2019