Best Friends (1982)




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We'd rather not speculate over how much of Best Friends is autobiographical. We'll just note that this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say "I do." The stars are far less interesting than the supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes as Hawn's parents, Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn as Reynolds' folks, Ron Silver as an avaricious producer (no names, please!), and Richard Libertini as a Mexican justice of the peace.
Comedy , Drama
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Burt Reynolds
as Richard Babson
Goldie Hawn
as Paula McCullen
Jessica Tandy
as Eleanor McCullen
Barnard Hughes
as Tim McCullen
Audra Lindley
as Ann Babson
Keenan Wynn
as Tom Babson
Ron Silver
as Larry Weisman
Carol Locatell
as Nellie Ballou
Richard Libertini
as Jorge Medina
Peggy Walton-Walker
as Carol Brandon
Mickey Martin
as Robbie Batiou
Noah Hathaway
as Lyle Ballou
Mikey Martin
as Robbie Ballou
Vincent J. Isaac
as Cab Driver
Rodney Kageyama
as Meter Reader
Terrence Currier
as Henry Spaulding
Jimmy Lewis
as Diner
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Critic Reviews for Best Friends

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

A very engaging film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 25, 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.

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

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 18, 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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This movie has some good, funny, dramatic scenes, but for the rest of the movie it's predictable, boring, and unfunny. I'm not sure that Reynolds and Hawn made a good team in this movie either. The rest of the cast was good, and very realistic, but the two of them not so much. This movie starts to get dull and feels long by about the middle of the film. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a big fan of one of them.

Lisa Spader
Lisa Spader

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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