Best Friends (1982)


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Movie Info

Best Friends follows a pair of screenwriters who decide to get married after working and living together for so long. Soon after the marriage, they discover that their relationship just isn't the same. Interestingly enough, this was written by a pair of screenwriters who are married.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Levinson, Valerie Curtin, Mitch Markowitz, Nora Ephron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
Warner Home Video


as Richard Babson

as Paula McCullen

as Eleanor McCullen

as Tim McCullen

as Ann Babson

as Tom Babson

as Larry Weisman

as Nellie Ballou

as Jorge Medina

as Carol Brandon

as Robbie Batiou

as Lyle Ballou

as Robbie Ballou

as Cab Driver

as Meter Reader

as Henry Spaulding
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Critic Reviews for Best Friends

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

A very engaging film.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Though engaging and agreeable, the film is never wildly funny.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even when Best Friends isn't working uproariously as a comedy, there's an element of original, offbeat humor that keeps it promising.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Thin story collapses under the leaden star chemistry; capable supporting players can't save this dud.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Considering the source material (real life of writers Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin, and the caliber of stars, Hawn and Reynolds, this comedy is disappointingly shallow and predictable.

Full Review… | June 10, 2012

Honest, touching and funny. An underrated gem that deserves to be rediscovered.

August 19, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Best Friends

An okay realistic family drama movie about marriage. If you ask me, it's too realistic, so much so that it's boring. Overall it's okay, though.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

It wasn't a comedy, and it wasn't quite a drama. It was more like one large depression spiral of how two people can ultimately make each other unhappy no matter what they do. The music, which was Oscar nominated, was so sappy and 80's tinted that it drove me bananas, and Burt Reynolds was not his usual self confident self, but some tame invalid. Overall, it was very disappointing.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Great movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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