Your Friday Film Club for the month of December features an assortment of holiday-related films with an emphasis on "Family Tension". For the fourth and final installment in this series, we selected Frank Perry's satire of a disintegrating Manhattan marriage Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970).
Carrie Snodgrass received an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Tina Balser, the titular housewife driven crazy by her arrogant attorney husband Jonathan (Richard Benjamin) and their two spoiled daughters. Jonathan relentlessly pursues financial success, causing Tina to have an illicit affair with George (Frank Langella), a self centered jerk like her husband who only has affairs with married women to avoid commitment. She dumps both men and enters group therapy, but similarly fails to find emotional peace in that setting. The Alice Cooper Band also appear in this film for good measure..