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With Friends Like These... (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  10 September 1998 (USA)
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Four small-time two-bit character actors, all close friends, are competing for same important part in the next Martin Scorsese mob film.


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Four small-time two-bit character actors, all close friends, are competing for same important part in the next Martin Scorsese mob film.

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warm and very funny
4 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Friends Like These.... is definitely a cut above most Hollywood films about Hollywood. It is laugh-out-loud funny as well as warm, touching and authentic when it comes to depicting relationships between friends and spouses...a totally worthwhile experience! The entire cast is great, especially Adam Arkin and Laura San Giancommo as transplanted east coasters trying to tough it out until their ship comes in on the west coast. Bill Murray's turn as the self-involved famous producer is a riot. The fact that this film was not distributed at the time it was originally made, is a sad comment on the business end of the business, where so much junk makes it's way to the big screen, and other films, of higher quality, like this one, get lost. The writing is hysterical, filled with rapid one liners reminiscent of classic comedians, delivered with perfect timing. For anyone who has ever suffered through endless casting cattle calls or tried to get "in front" of the right people, this film is a must. For everyone else it's a decided pleasure.

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