Romantic Comedy 1983

Romantic Comedy

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Playwright Jason Carmichael (Dudley Moore) meets teacher Phoebe Craddock (Mary Steenburgen) the day of his wedding to wealthy Allison St. James (Janet Eilber) and proposes a collaboration. Over the years, their comedies achieve success on Broadway, while Jason and Phoebe try to avoid following through on their mutual attraction. Frustrated with his failing marriage, Jacob begins an affair with actress Kate Mallory (Robyn Douglass), destroying both his professional and personal partnerships.

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Critic Reviews for Romantic Comedy

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (2)

  • Not a whole heck of a lot happens in Romantic Comedy, but it happens so charmingly, and with such quick spirit and wit, that it's enough.

    June 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Romantic Comedy narrates the long and monotonous story of two theater writers. [Full Review in Spanish]

    February 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's ironic that such a generic title could still prove guilty of false advertising, as this one is neither romantic nor funny. Heck, it's hardly a movie.

    March 20, 2002 | Rating: 39/100

Audience Reviews for Romantic Comedy

  • Jul 19, 2012
    An uncomfortable, slow, and picky film; Dudley Moore tries to copy his success of Arthur with yet another movie songed romantic comedy, except instead of being a lovable drunk with a moral quandary he's an unlikable shrew. In comparison to his character is Mary Steenburgen, possibly the sweetest looking and sounding woman on the face of the earth. Moore's character is the only one who is truly fleshed out, and his is the one who is unlikable and seedy. Steenburgen is flighty and weak, supposedly a strong woman against Moore's bombastic curmudgeon. Instead they are both simply irritating and lank. They star as writing partners who go through years of family drama, insubordination, temper tantrums, and their own set of longwinded, nothing fights over irrelevant issues. Basically the film is about them not being together, but wanting to be together, but they fight and run away, acting like children with distorting psychological problems. Their antics are not entertaining, the characters are flat and petulant, and none of this is funny, per the title. The film even features a theme song from the same composer of Arthur, so it's obvious they were trying to make an unofficial sequel to the massive success and Oscar nominated fame of his first film. Moore is not a leading man, and cannot carry a film while playing a Hollywood fake. He is too crude and strange for that and should have relegated himself to outlandish performances with heart. Really there's nothing to this film, not even the guilty pleasure factor that comes from romantic comedies.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2011
    Badly directed, badly written, and badly acted, and not in a good way, I had to force myself to watch and then it took 3 tries to make it to the end. Beyond obvious, beyond stilted, beyond a waste. And this from someone who likes Mary Steenburgen.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Just as the title says, this is another typical romantic comedy movie. Nothing new here. It tries very hard to be funny, but it just fails. Not a good movie, in my opinion, plus the characters got on my nerves. I don't recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2010
    (1983 Director: Arthur Hiller) "Arthur" or I should say Jason (Dudley Moore) in another of his more charming and endearing movie roles. Phoebe (Mary Steenburgen) is a new novelist and joins Jason during the week of his first marriage to collaborate on a play from her book, "Blue is for Boys." A little predictable. While Phoebe adores Jason, obviously hers becomes an unrequited love as Jason is just entering into a marriage. These two share such a passion no a penchant for writing perhaps in their own way they do have a "mental romance." Jason's agent Blanche (Frances Sternhagen) certainly livens up the dialogue as she motivates and cajoles Jason keeping him on track.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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