The kind of grownup film, made for grownups, that doesn’t see the light of day much in these times of superheroes and dimwitted potheads, Married Life succeeds in appealing to our more cerebral selves. A throwback to the noir films of the ’50s, Married Life follows four people as they grapple with their relationships, desires and crumbling consciences.

Chock full of terrific performances from Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan, the movie gives each of them the opportunity to chew a little scenery. Married Life also provides fibrous food for thought on human nature and the compromises life demands.

Grade: B+

Married Life is currently available.