Mike Finnegan is nearing retirement and taking care of his senile wife. He can't get her to allow him to throw anything out and their house has become unmanageable. He meets Liz DeHaan, who... See full summary »
Joan Micklin Silver
Mary Tyler Moore,
A Los Angeles psychiatrist testifies for the prosecution in the trial of an accused child molester. Later the defendant, who is out on bail, is found dead in the psychiatrist's office, in ... See full summary »
Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested.Written by
In a surprising twist of fate, MGM - whose logo MTM parodied - now owns "Just Between Friends." When Orion Pictures - who originally released this film - filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1997, MGM purchased Orion's entire catalog of theatrical films and TV shows, including "Just Between Friends." MGM also owns the films and (most of the) TV shows from American International and Filmways, which were absorbed into Orion in 1982. (MGM recently revived the Orion name; one current production from Orion is - as of this posting - the syndicated daytime TV series "Paternity Court.") See more »
Director/screenwriter Allan Burns seems to have patched two different scripts together before coming up with this minor outing: a comedy about infidelity and a melodrama about loss and sabotage. It results in a wincingly unfunny film. Christine Lahti plays a crass, cynical TV news reporter who makes friends with aerobics instructor Mary Tyler Moore and is soon having dinner with Moore and her family--only to discover Mary's husband (Ted Danson) is Lahti's secret affair! Burns has a strange, stop-and-start rhythm to his dialogue which is neither realistic nor effective (just increasingly annoying, because nothing important ever seems to get said). Rail-thin Moore, looking alarmingly frail in her leotard, has a radiant smile but doesn't convince as Danson's wife, and Danson gets stuck with a paltry, thankless role (he's just there to be a cad). The movie attempts to cover all the bases in a classic case of overreaching (woman's role in the workplace, the TV news-biz, the cheating family man, the working wife and mother who wants more, a woman's need for female friendships, et al), but nothing substantial comes out of these ideas since Burns only half-heartedly examines the issues. As a writer, he is surprisingly free of punchlines, but is devoid of a purpose as well, and the heavy plotting just gets all fouled up. *1/2 from ****
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