Countdown to 5K! – #43 – California Suite (1978)

This is my 4968th Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“One day when you’re an antique I shall vote for you. I promise.” – Sidney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Four pairs of couples spend the weekend at a prestigious hotel in Los Angeles where each of them face problems that they never suspected they would ever need to deal with.

My Take on it – This is a Neil Simon film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time and knew very little about it besides the fact that it features a great cast of actors in it.

They do a nice job telling four very distinct stories that all have a slight connection  – that they all take place in the same hotel.

The cast is superb and we get to see how these very talented actors deal with their various situations as thing slowly get out of control for all of them.

The dialogue is written really well by Simon and we get a clear picture of who each of these characters are and how they get into the situations that they do.

I understand the need to edit these segments together in the film but it’s a bit distracting and things might have been better if each one was shown separately especially since there is no overlap between the various story lines and the way things are shown it makes it seem as if there will be a stronger connection that will arise somewhere towards the end, but there is none.

The segment featuring Walter Matthau is probably the best because it is able to include much slapstick and the way they do the scenes is hilarious.

The segment with Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor tho is the weakest because the characters get very annoying quite quickly and takes things too far to the extreme.

The other two segments deal with the way relationships work and Simon creates some interesting conversations between the characters but something still feels a bit missing from them.

Maggie Smith won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role here as an Oscar nominee and created history while doing so (see Trivia Section below)

Bottom Line – Film with four fun and distinct storylines that have only a slight connection and work quite well.  Excellent cast helps keep things interesting as we get to see how each of these various situations get slowly out of control.  I understand why they edit the stories together but it slightly takes away from things because one constantly expects a stronger connection between them besides the fact that they all take place at the same hotel.  The Matthau segment is the best because it includes so much slapstick that is hilariously done. The Cosby/Pryor segment is the most annoying of the four because it takes things too far to the extreme.  The other two segments are both interesting perspectives on relationships and are done well, but despite great actors playing the roles, something still feels missing. Smith won an Oscar for her portrayal of an Oscar nominee in this film which is a first (see Trivia Section below). Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Up until Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for playing four-time Academy Award Winner Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004), Dame Maggie Smith was the only actress to ever win an Oscar for playing an Oscar nominee. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


Check out my *updated* movie stats here

To see my reviews of Oscar Winning Performances check out this link

To see my reviews of all Oscar Best Picture Winners click here (now complete)

Here is a link to my movie index A-Z

4 thoughts on “Countdown to 5K! – #43 – California Suite (1978)

  1. Pingback: Oscar Best Acting Winners | MovieRob

  2. Pingback: Movies Reviewed Index A-Z | MovieRob

  3. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1978 | MovieRob

  4. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1978 | MovieRob

Let me Know what you think!!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.