Matty Perlman and Alan Corkus are old friends. He wants them to be more than friends. Sometimes she does too.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Corkus
Matty Perlman
Phillip R. Allen ...
William Kane
Joshua 'Josh' Harrington
Fawne Harriman ...
Avery Salminella
Terry Christopher
Frances Harrington
Kay Medford ...
Paul J. Micale
Marianne Bunch ...
Girl at Monastery
Kip King ...
Lily Pad Pal


Matty and Alan are old friends. Alan wants to be a writer, meanwhile he's a teacher, and wants Matty, a long time friend, to be more than a friend. She doesn't exactly know what she wants, other than being in show business (her mother is less than enthusiastic). Written by Jonathan <>

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20 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Love Me and I'll Be Your Best Friend  »

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Great Movie for Everyone and Especially For Fans
11 February 2004 | by (Jefferson Twp, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie! If you are a Penny Marshall/Rob Reiner fan, than this movie will be your most sacred treasures. Since I began being a fan of the once-twosome, I tried to get a hold of this movie. I REALLY wanted to see it. I was so obsessed, I bought old magazines off ebay that had them on the cover and silly fan things like that. Then, after like 4 years went by, I stopped thinking about it completely. Well, like a couple days ago I was online and stuff, when just for old-times-sakes searched the movie on which I did every week for two years straight. Well, it came up that it was playing at 2:25 AM that very day I searched it! I got so excited, I almost vomited. Anyway, I had this great "vision" of it for so many years and let me tell you it totally met and exceeded my expectations! Now, even though the movie had a lot of things and ideas in it that was not at all relevent in tehir actual relationship, the general gist of the movie mirrored their actual relationship. Also, some little tidbits that one may have thought the writers (who one of was actually Rob Reiner) made up to make jokes, actually happened. Some of them include: 1- Penny's dandruff shampoo commercial. When she first came to Hollywood, she had a part as the dandruff-specked girl while Farrah Fawcutt was beautiful. 2- They are both from the same Bronx neighborhood. 3- Penny being bad in the play. Her first few jobs were...well, we'll just say she won't be getting any Oscars for them any time soon. 4 - Her playing a flight attendent. She played a flight attendent on one of her first jobs in The Bob Newhart Show. 5 - Them breaking up, them both finding other people, then getting back together, then living together for a while before marriage. 6- Maddy being bored with her life, preferring worklife over homelife 7 - Penny's mom being identical to Maddys and Rob/Alan's never caring. 8 - Almost everything else in the movie. lol

Anyway, if you ever get the chance to watch it, DO! I'm willing to make anybody a copy! Email me!

Thanks! :D The only things that bothered me were Maddy leaving really fast for Hollywood and acting like she wouldn't miss him which I think made the audience think that Maddy didn't really love Alan to begin with, because if she did she wouldn't have done that. Another thing is that she has sex with Alan at the hotel, then freezes him out for such a long time. I didn't quite get that.

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