Newlyweds, written and directed by independent filmmaker Ed Burns, centers on Buzzy (Ed Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald), the title couple who are forced to reevaluate their relationship after Buzzy's sister unexpectedly crashes at their apartment. Priding themselves on their open, light-hearted marriage (both have been previously married), Buzzy and Katie are a stark contrast to Katie's sister Marsha (Marsha Deitlein) and her husband of 18 years Max (Max Baker). After witnessing their bickering, Buzzy and Katie are happy that they're doing things right “this time around” and joke that their relationship only works because they have such opposing schedules.
One day while Buzzy is training a client at his gym, Katie is greeted by Linda (Kerry Bishe), Buzzy's free-spirited sister who just left Los Angeles to move to New York. Linda expects to stay at their apartment until she finds her own place, much to Katie's surprise. We soon learn that Linda has moved to New York to get her old lover back, but when they meet up for a drink, he reveals that he is now married. As revenge, Linda brings back a strange man to Katie and Buzzy's apartment, which angers both Buzzy, but makes Katie even more upset with the situation. Katie, who finds Linda both inconsiderate and unwelcome, tells Buzzy's to be firmer with his sister and set a move-out date.
Meanwhile, Max tells Buzzy that he is growing increasingly unhappy in his marriage, and that he is attracted to a young girl who is recording an album at his record studio. The same day, Linda meets Dara, Katie;s ex-husband who occasionally drops by the apartment asking for money. They go out for a drink before Linda has another meet-up with her ex. However, her ex reveals that in a few weeks he is about to become a father. Linda is in shock, and she decides to call Dara, and they sleep together.
Max asks Marsha for a divorce during dinner with Katie and Buzzy, and he later becomes intimate with the young girl from the studio. After Marsha finds out, she demands to move in with Katie and Buzzy.
As Buzzy is walking down the street, he runs into Linda and Dara, Katie's ex-husband who occasionally drops by the apartment. Furious when he finds out that they slept together the night before, Buzzy tells Linda that she is the one who must tell Katie. However, when Linda tries to confront Katie, she tells her she is moving out instead.
Once Buzzy finds out that Linda did not tell Katie about sleeping with Dara, he is forced to do it himself. Katie is livid and feels betrayed. She goes to her job at the restaurant but tells Buzzy that they need to rethink their relationship, and that the past week has caused her to realize that maybe they rushed into marriage.
The next morning, Buzzy meets up with Linda to give her some money to go back to Los Angeles. When he returns home, he tells Katie to pack her bags. He says they need to go somewhere—anywhere—that is far away from both of their relatives and get to know each other better.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the emotional honestly of each relationship and how different conflicts were presented and resolved.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scenes are when the two couples--Buzzy and Katie, Max and Marsha--interact, usually over a meal at a restaurant. I enjoyed the dialogue between a newlywed couple and a couple who has been married for 18 years.
Opinion about the main character:
I disliked how protective Buzzy was of Linda at the risk of his new marriage. While he was mostly acting out of guilt, I think he should have been firmer with his sister, especially given her disruptive actions.