There is so much detail and insight in The Truth About Marriage, it will literally make your head spin. How does Nygard pack so much into his doc? There’s not a single break in the entire film. Every interview, every question, every moment of truth is so tightly edited together, it feels like a continuous stream of consciousness, and it never slows down. Does anyone ever take a breath? They do, but it’s edited out.
Despite this huge flaw, though, I found what Nygard and his cast of experts had to say was compelling. Full Disclosure, I’m a happily married man. I was personally interested in the more practical segments of the doc regarding communication, sex, and companionship. For the most part, a lot of what is said is commonsense, and is actually quite helpful, if you wish to build a stronger marriage or partnership.
“…a lot of what is said is commonsense, and is actually quite helpful, if you wish to build a stronger marriage or partnership.”
The history portion about marriage does fall along the politically correct path about the rampant misogyny of the first several centuries. Women were considered property, and why should be ever be involved in such a one-sided relationship ever. But we are, and The Truth About Marriage then goes into gender differences between men and women, which is then not-so-politically-correct in a time of transphobia and gender-fluidity.
In the end, Nygard takes on a big, broad subject and crams it all into a tightly packaged film. It all feels academic and to his credit, he organizes all this information in a way that’s logical and understandable. You will glean knowledge and wisdom that can help better your relationships.