The Awful Truth is a comedic film full of dramatic irony. It portrays a high class couple who decides to get a divorce after feeling betrayed by the other. The entire film is than a depiction of the lead characters, Lucy and Jerry, and their various love affairs during the time it takes to make their divorce final. One day, while Lucy goes to visit Jerry, Jerry’s fiancee calls and Jerry is forced to lie and say Lucy is his sister. Lucy then goes on to disgrace Jerry in front of Barbara’s family. Jerry is then forced to spend the night in Lucy’s Aunt’s house. After the wind constantly blows open the door separating the couple, Jerry and Lucy talk and realize they are both still in love with the other, something the audience has known all along.
The film The Awful Truth completely disregards the sanctity of marriage. After Lucy and Jerry get in one little fight, they decide to divorce each other. Lucy and Jerry completely disregard the years that they spent happily together and rashly decide to get a divorce. When two people decide to get married, they take vows, promising to love each other for better or worse and till death do them part. Instead, Lucy and Jerry bail as soon as there is a slight hint of a scandal. The Awful Truth, though comedic, is actually an attack on marriage. Lucy and Jerry go and have other relationships while they are technically still married. If they had actually discussed their problems and worked towards a stronger relationship, they would not have disgraced themselves and hurt others.