Such Good Friends (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 October 1972 (Japan)
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While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie's Mother
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Sam Levene ...
Uncle Eddie
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Dr. Mahler
Rita Gam ...
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Amantes Desconhecidos  »

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Such An Out-Dated Movie
20 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the beautiful, sexy, and talented Dyan Cannon. I saw this film when it first came out in 1971 and thought it was funny, sexy, well-acted, and entertaining. Well, I just saw this movie today, after some 35 years and it hasn't aged well. The movie about a medical mishap and extra-marital affairs is now old news. The plot no longer has the kick it had back in 1971. There are some bright spots that are still shinny; an all-star cast of veteran actors, the sexy Miss Cannon and the equally attractive Jennifer O'Neal, and one very humor "sex" scene. Aside from that, the movie is slow moving and somewhat dull. The plot is depressing, and the ending makes little or no sense. So, unless you're a big fan of Dyan Cannon or Jennifer O'Neal, I'd forget about Such Good Friends.

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