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Best Friends (1982)

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon... See full summary »

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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends." Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Amigos íntimos  »

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Trivia

When this movie became apparent in development, with its stars Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds becoming "attached" to the picture, both were "enthusiastic" about the project and its prospects. See more »

Goofs

Goldie Hawn mentions Teresa Wright not being on the train in "Since You Went Away." It was Jennifer Jones, not Wright. See more »

Quotes

Larry Weisman: Commitment. Discipline. Make it work.
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References Little Caesar (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Think About Love
Performed by Patti Austin and James Ingram
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Produced by Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes & Johnny Mandel
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Burt and Goldie not right for this couple
14 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) are a Hollywood writing team for the eccentric studio boss Larry Weisman (Ron Silver). She resists commitment despite buying a house together. With trepidations, she relents and they get married. They travel to Buffalo to visit her parents (Jessica Tandy, Barnard Hughes). He can't stand her repressed family and the frozen winter. Her parents are having some difficulties. They visit his parents (Audra Lindley, Keenan Wynn) but he hasn't told them about the marriage. His family is not happy about missing the wedding. She's desperate for air.

This is written by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson based on their relationship and directed by Norman Jewison. I don't buy these two as this couple. These are brash brilliant Hollywood stars and they don't seem right for the cerebral writer characters. Her reluctance makes the relationship less compelling at the start. Without the right comedic pairing, the material never takes off and falls flat. The parents are all great and the sitcom writing is pretty good for what it's aiming for. Burt and Goldie never really hit the mark.


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