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Dinner with Friends (2001)

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A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends, another couple decide to split up after twelve years.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Donald Margulies (play), Donald Margulies (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Quaid ... Gabe
Andie MacDowell ... Karen
Greg Kinnear ... Tom
Toni Collette ... Beth
Taylor Emerson Taylor Emerson ... Danny
Jake Fritz Jake Fritz ... Isaac
Holliston Coleman ... Laurie
Angus T. Jones ... Sammy
Beau Holden ... Al
Dina Morrone ... Hostess
Ruth Reichl ... Self
Romulo Yanes Romulo Yanes ... Gourmet Photographer
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This candid, often-funny drama explores the bittersweet side of friendship through the eyes of two best-friend married couples. Invited to dinner at the suburban home of husband-and-wife food critics Gabe and Karen, Beth reveals she's breaking up with her husband Tom after 12 years of marriage and two children. This unexpected revelation forces Gabe and Karen to reevaluate their seemingly perfect relationship, as well as their friendship with two people who seem to be refusing the life they all once worked so hard to preserve. The drama is set in present-day Connecticut and New York City, with flashbacks to Martha's Vineyard twelve-and-a-half years earlier. Written by <Laffz00@aol.com>

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Can Your Marriage Survive, Your Best Friends Divorce. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The play "Dinner with Friends" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2000. See more »

Goofs

15 minutes into the movie, just before Gabe says "Beth, I'm sorry", the clock in the kitchen reads 8:50. A few seconds later, the clock in the foyer reads 8:20. See more »

Quotes

Karen: But those were such happy times! We saw them practically every weekend. When would she have time to have an affair?
Gabe: I don't know. During the week?
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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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Insightful Film About Friends and Marriage
24 July 2006 | by SklanskyjrSee all my reviews

After having seen this movie about four times I have to say that this movie is a biting look into the life of 4 friends that may make you uncomfortable, or hit you right where it hurts. Quaid and MacDowell and Kinnear and Collette are two married couples who have been friends, shared lives, stories and the raising of their families for 12 years. Collette drops the bomb, alone, on Quaid and MacDowell, that Kinnear is leaving her. The movie unravels the friendships by exposing that neither Quaid or MacDowell like Kinnear and Collette very much,individually, after their secrets and lies are exposed. I think true friends overcome, and real friends fall by the wayside, as in this movie.

Great acting, dialog, direction, etc..But a intense, deeply emotional film that may cause you to look at your friends and your spouse differently. And ask the question: Could it all fall apart?


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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