Diner (1982)

“Do you ever get the feeling that there’s something going on that we don’t know about?” – Timothy Fenwick Jr.

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Cable in the 80’s, Video, 4 Jul 2001 and 19 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of childhood friends get together once again for the wedding of one of their group.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve seen numerous times on cable as a kid and have always enjoyed revisited because it’s such a fun and poignant film.

This movie gives us an excellent depiction of what happens when a group of childhood friends get back together when they are older.

They must now find a way to deal with real issues in life that were less important in their youth, but now have become much more relevant.

The cats of this film is amazing and it would cost a fortune to try and reunite these actors in a movie.

Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, Kevin Bacon and Tim Daly were all unknown actors at the time and this film helped them all propel themselves much higher in the industry.

This film does a great job showing the antics of these characters especially since we get to see the fine line they all walk between still being teenagers and moving on to adulthood.

Some of their antics fall to the side of teenager pranks while other have the opposite effect because they are well thought out adult antics.

This is a great coming of age story because it is so profound in much of what it tells us and even after 37 years, the story’s brilliance still shines through.

Bottom Line – Excellent depiction of the life of childhood friends as they get older and need to deal with real issues in life. The cast is superb and it would probably cost a fortune to get all of the members of this cast together once again. Rourke, Stern, Guttenberg, Reiser, Bacon, Barkin and Daly were all unknown actors at the time and this film helped propel them all to eventual stardom.  Loved the way that this film shows the various antics of these characters in a way that allows us to see that they are just on the line between their teenage and adult years since some decision fall to one side of the line while others fall the other way. As a coming of age story this is quite profound and even after 37 years it’s brilliance shines through. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – All of the scenes in the diner were filmed last after the cast got to know each other. The dialogue in those scenes is a combination of scripted and improvisational. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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