On its surface, writer/director/co-star John Cassavetes 1970's Husbands sounds a tad like a proto-Apatow exploration of male midlife crisis. Three old friends, each middle-aged--Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk--come together for an extended bender after the funeral of a fourth. Today's touchy-feely masculinities might let their drinking and gambling exploits, which land them in London, lead to some seriocomic catharsis. Cassavetes, instead, takes three very John Cheever suburban men and lets their bro time only lead them to face the utter void of their lives, to which they all return after their carousing no wiser. Cassavetes, Gazzara, and Falk do bring some moments of comic intensity to the process, but Husbands' all-in commitment to intimacy makes it profoundly sad and difficult to take at times.