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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 ... Herself
Romulo Yanes Romulo Yanes ... Gourmet Photographer
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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

HBO Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A cena da amici See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Gabe: The key to civilization is to fight the impulse to just chuck it all. Where would we be with everybody's IDs just running rampant?
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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One annoying movie
29 September 2005 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

No character makes sense, everybody is wrong. Gabe and especially the ultra conservative Karen constantly temper in their friend's decisions, which are really none of their business (as if my best friend had a right to tell me who I should be with or what my goals and principles in life should be). Tom on the other hand is a self-righteous bastard who always thinks of himself as the victim. He loves talking about himself and doesn't accept anyone else's opinion. And Beth, well, she's just an unbelievably annoying person. I could see how anyone would want to leave her.

A movie about failed marriages and love should show how nobody is wrong and everybody is right. The thing is, none of the four characters here is believable and the dialog is painful at times. From the first time Tom and Beth meet it's hard to believe that the two of them are even attracted to each other. It's also hard to believe that somebody as far removed from reality as Karen is living on this planet and happily married.

Nope, the writers got it all wrong and not even the cast can save this movie. Sorry.


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