Two married couples have their twelve-year bond of friendship put to the test when one couple reveals that they are splitting up.

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 ... 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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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

Tom: This is gonna hurt you more than it's gonna hurt me.
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Connections

References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Within the wasteland, here is a fine original film.
13 August 2001 | by fkerrSee all my reviews

TV may be mostly a wasteland these days, but every once in a while, a fine original film shows up on the tube. `Dinner With Friends' is certainly in that category. It takes the viewer deeply into the relationship between two couples and within each. They were best friends until one of the marriages hits the rocks. We see each side of that split and how it affects the other couple. Initially, sides seem to be taken along gender lines, but that reverses as each member of the separating couple finds new relationships. Is it fatal to the other marriage? Watch and see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dinner with Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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