Best Friends


Best Friends

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Total Count: 13


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Movie Info

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.

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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
Mickey Martin
as Robbie Batiou
Peggy Walton-Walker
as Carol Brandon
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
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Critic Reviews for Best Friends

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

  • So far, this sounds like a series of fairly predictable scenes. But they're redeemed by the writing and acting. The dialogue doesn't sound like reprocessed sitcom, and there are charming moments.

    May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are lots of laughs in the script by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, as well as wry insights into modern relationships.

    Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A very engaging film.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • There's little doubt that Best Friends fares best in its compulsively watchable opening stretch...

    Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Best Friends

  • Jan 05, 2011
    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
  • Aug 08, 2010
    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

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