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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
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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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"Best Friends" is a nice film for a weekend afternoon. It is entertaining, has an easy-to-follow storyline, and shows some respect for the viewer. Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn are quite appealing in the leads, but so is the supporting cast, which includes Barnard Hughes, Jessica Tandy, Keenan Wynn, and Audra Lindley (best known as Mrs. Roper on "Three's Company").
Though a comedy, "Best Friends" has, alas, very few laugh-out-loud moments, and is almost too casual in pace for its own good. The near-classic wedding scene (with Richard Libertini) offers perhaps the most genuine laughs, although Reynolds, a very underrated comedic actor, adds some subtle bits of his own throughout the movie.
"Best Friends" is a competently-made and sometimes touching film that also lacks drive and usually fails to produce much more than an occasional smile. But it's worth a look, to be sure.
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