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Romantic Comedy (1983)

PG | | Comedy | 7 October 1983 (USA)
Two of the screen's finest comic actors, Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen, star as successful writing partners whose timing is perfect on stage but amusingly pathetic in their love life. In HD.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Carmichael
Phoebe Craddock
Blanche Dailey
Janet Eilber ...
Allison St. James
Kate Mallory
Rozsika Halmos ...
Alexander Lockwood ...
The Minister
Erica Hiller ...
Young Woman
Sean Patrick Guérin ...
Timmy (6)
TV Reporter
Brass Adams ...
Stephen Roberts ...
Maître D'
Santos Morales ...
Bus Boy
Fran Bennett ...
Doctor #1


Two of the screen's finest comic actors, Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen, star as successful writing partners whose timing is perfect on stage but amusingly pathetic in their love life. In HD.

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He was married, she was single . . . It was a case of unsynchronized passion [Australia Theatrical] See more »




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7 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Romantic Comedy!  »

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$5,100,000 (USA)

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It was during the Broadway run of this play that Mia Farrow met and began seeing Woody Allen. See more »


You have Leo's last name listed as Janowitz. In the film, he is called Leo Jessop. See more »


Phoebe Craddock: Do you think someone could fall in love that fast?
Jason Carmichael: Of course. It happened to me once. I was at the Tony awards two years ago, I saw this woman from the back. She was wearing a blue taffeta dress, and she had gleaming black hair, cascading over creamy white shoulders. I fell instantly in love. then she turned 'round and it was you.
Phoebe Craddock: It was green actually.
Jason Carmichael: What was?
Phoebe Craddock: The dress. It was from the second act of "Somewhere every summer" I borrowed it from wardrobe.
Jason Carmichael: I might have known you wouldn't have ...
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Written by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch
Performed by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
Produced by Carole Bayer Sager
(P) 1983 Capitol Records Inc.
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"Is getting drunk the answer?.... No, but it makes you forget the question"
24 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story involves Jason (Moore) and Phoebe (Steenburgen) as a couple of Broadway playwrights who collaborate on some hits and a few misses, while trying to overlook the fact that they have fallen in love at first sight. The following dialog i really liked and I really had my hopes up for this being an interesting film. He interviews her for potential partnership. Jason: "I have some questions Ms. Craddock do plan on getting married?

Phoebe: Eventually

Jason: That's not good enough.

Phoebe: I'm sorry I didn't know this was an exam.

Jason: The point is I don't wan't to invest in a partnership and then suddenly have you get the urge to become a nursing mother.

Phoebe: I see.

Jason: No you don't! You don't know a damn thing about the Theatre! The working conditions are intolerable the people you have to deal with are ego-centric maniacs and its filled with rejections on every level. When you're writing comedy the opposite of success isn't failure it's embarrassment and it's very public Ms.Craddock, they write HEADLINES".

Rooted firmly in the early-1980's comedy mindset of "divorce plus adultery plus Dudley Moore equals entertainment," The two leads spark little chemistry together, Romantic Comedy is neither romantic nor comedic, but I give it 5 out of 10 only because Dudly Moore and Mary Steenburgen ARE good actors and fun to watch despite the weak plot.

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