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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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During 1982, two comedy movies with similar titles were released examining the notion of whether male and female friends can become partners. One was Best Friends (1982), a big Hollywood studio movie with lots of star power in Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. The other was The Best of Friends (1982), a smaller Australian film but featuring two big names from their film industry, Graeme Blundell and Angela Punch McGregor. The Best of Friends (1982) came out first on 25 February 1982 whilst Best Friends (1982) was premiered on 17 December 1982. The Australian film's tagline summed up both movies' themes: "They were the best of friends . . . until they fell in love!" See more »

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

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

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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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Few laughs
25 July 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Richard and Paula write movies together. In fact they also live together, are best friends and have a sexual relationship. Richard is clearly in love with Paula and makes his feeling known, to which she replies that she doesn't love him. Bizarrely enough, they get married and spend the majority of the movie on a road trip visiting both set of parents which takes its toll on the fledgling marriage.

Though Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn have chemistry and make a pretty cute couple, I can't get over the fact that I don't buy the premise, Paula makes it clear she doesn't love Richard and even though she agrees to the marriage, their whole relationship feels shaky throughout. Another problem is that for a comedy, laughs are extremely rare, and only the wedding scene made me smile.

A couple of years later, When Harry met Sally was made, and Best Friends is inferior to it on every level. The acting, the chemistry and dialogue are far better, so making that comparison, Best Friends falls rather flat on its nose. That's not to say it is a bad movie, just an average movie in a commonly made genre, and I guess that's why it is almost forgotten today.


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