Best Friends (1982)


“Father Time just has a way of just beating the shit out of us. ” – Eleanor McCullen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two screenwriters who have been living together for a few years decide that it’s time to move their relationship forward and get married.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it was on cable in the 80’s, but never really had much interest back then in seeing what it was all about.

The premise presented here is quite good and manages to look at certain aspects of life from an intriguing perspective.

The fact that this film is based on the real relationship between the screenwriters of the film (Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson) adds so much to the realism and impact of the story.

The chemistry between Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn is amazing in this film and it’s too bad that they never made any other films together because that also helps make the story presented seem so believable throughout.

The supporting cast is also superb and Jessica Tandy and Keenan Wynn both stand out here in their roles.

The film is able to do a great job balancing the comedic and dramatic aspects of life and still keep things without the realm of realism throughout especially since it adds so much to the dynamics of the whole idea.

The fact that this film isn’t formulaic like many romantic films of Hollywood also helps because you never really know what will happen along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works due to the amazing chemistry between Reynolds and Hawn. They are able to do a great job balancing the dramatic and humorous aspects of life without going overboard.  The supporting case is superb and they add so much to the dynamics of this whole storyline.  The fact that this is based on the life of the real screenwriters of the film adds so much to the impact and realism of the whole thing even if this isn’t a typical Hollywood romance film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Burt Reynolds once said of his co-star Goldie Hawn in this movie: “Goldie Hawn and I had been talking for five years about doing a movie together. She’s someone who makes me laugh. Really laugh. I knew her when she was a dumb blonde and even then she was one of the smartest people I knew” and “We’d meet for dinner and compare notes on the scripts we’d read and liked, but we always ran up against the same problem. The male role always dominated the female character or vice versa. They didn’t seem to be writing the kind of give-and-take comedies that Tracy and Hepburn [Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn] or Cary Grant and Jean Arthur used to do.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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