George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Schneider
Jennie MacLaine
Leo Schneider
Faye Medwick
Lee Michaels
Judy Farrell ...
Gwen Michaels
Isabel Cooley ...
Customs Officer
Imogene Bliss ...
Elderly Lady in Bookstore
Barry Michlin ...
Maitre d'
Ray Young ...
Greg Zadikov ...
Paul Singh ...
Waiter (as Dr. Paul Singh)
Sumant ...
Cheryl Bianchi ...
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George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory of his first wife comes between them. Written by <>

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It's not supposed to happen twice in your life, but it can. See more »


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Release Date:

30 August 1980 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Chapter Two  »

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1.85 : 1
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The amount of time that Jennie MacLaine (Marsha Mason) and George Schnieder (James Caan) knew each other before they got married was ten days. In real life, the amount of time that actress Marsha Mason and writer Neil Simon knew each other before they got married was twenty-two days. A pivotal episode in Simon and Mason's marriage inspired a pivotal scene in the play and this subsequent film, and is considered its most powerful and famous scene, it features at the end of the film/play. See more »


George Schneider: Is it Jugens or Yurgens?
Jennie MacLaine: Neither, it's MacClaine, Jennifer MacClaine.
George Schneider: [Peering at the note] No, that's wrong.
Jennie MacLaine: I could show you my Driver's License.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Martin Sheen/David Bowie (1979) See more »


I'm On Your Side
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Marilyn McCoo
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Marsha Mason gets an Oscar Nomination for Playing Herself
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

CHAPTER TWO is a long and rambling film version of one of Neil Simon's best plays. Like BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BILOXI BLUES, this story is based on a part of Neil Simon's own life. James Caan plays George Schneider, a fictionalized Simon, a writer who has just returned from a trip around the world after the death of his wife. Sadly, George made the mistake of visiting all of the places he traveled with his late wife and it has apparently not aided his grieving process. At the urging of his brother, Leo (well-played by Joseph Bologna), George agrees to go on a blind date with an attractive divorcée named Jennie McLaine (Marsha Mason). Their first date is actually over the phone but they do eventually come face to face and move into a whirlwind romance which leads to a quick engagement and marriage...perhaps too quick because shortly into his new marriage, George realizes he really hasn't finished grieving over his first wife and begins to push Jennie away. Simon's first wife passed away and he eventually met and married Marsha Mason, so essentially, Mason is playing herself here and not surprisingly does it pretty effectively. However, in attempt to expand the play for the screen, it has become labored and way too long...the scenes of George and Jennie on their honeymoon go on way too long and bring the film to a dead halt. Another problem is James Cann's wooden performance as George. Caan never seems to grasp the rhythm of Simon's writing and makes George a little too melancholy. Bologna is solid, as always, as is an anorexic looking Valerie Harper, who appears as Jennie's best friend, Faye. If you're a Marsha Mason fan, it's worth checking out, others beware...

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