Dinner with Friends (2001)




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Donald Margulies adapted the teleplay of the made-for-cable movie Dinner With Friends from his own Pulitzer Prize- winning stage play. Filmed in New York City and Malibu, CA, this is the saga of two upscale married couples -- food-magazine writers Gabe (Dennis Quaid) and Karen (Andie McDowell) and their best friends Tom (Greg Kinnear) and Beth (Toni Collette). For nearly 12 years, this foursome has been virtually inseparable: Their children have all grown up with each other, the adults always vacation together, and each year they celebrate their solidarity with a special anniversary supper. This year, however, things are slightly different. Beth shows up alone at Gabe and Karen's house, and announces that she and Tom have called it quits. Needless to say, the break has a profound "ripple effect" on both couples and everyone else within their circle. Very much a photographed stage play, with bravura monologues from the four principals, Dinner With Friends is nonetheless an excellent example of what HBO is truly capable of if given half a chance. The film first aired over the pay-cable service on August 11, 2001.
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Comedy , Drama , Television
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Critic Reviews for Dinner with Friends

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Astringently witty and ultimately heart shattering, ''Dinner With Friends'' is an expertly prepared gourmet feast in a world of TV dinners.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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There are moments of interesting honesty, and the players get to enjoy some meaty roles - especially Quaid, nicely underplaying one of the least showiest roles he's had in years.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

...the performances are all note-perfect.

Full Review… | October 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Would be better filmed as a play, but as it is, is a wonderfully performed relationship drama

September 17, 2002

As an adult drama, Dinner With Friends is apt enough at exploring late-thirtysomething angst and crisis, well acting and paced with enough momentum to keep the story from dragging.

September 11, 2002

Norman Jewison's beautifully acted film is a tour de force with verbal fireworks, emotional surprises, and substantive insights into friendship, marriage, and divorce.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Dinner with Friends

Perhaps I am not enough of an intellectual, but I had difficulties with this movie. I find the discussion of what keeps a marriage fresh an interesting topic, but I did not find the behaviour of the four main characters useful as a learning exercise, nor super entertaining as entertainment.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Excellent script, performances, and concept, but despite all the deep emotions and intellectual rationalizations, I still found the story a little reductive. Normally I put no stock in how "likeable" a character is, but for realistic relationship dramas like this, I need to see what the lovers and friends see in each other. How do these people all wind up with happy endings?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Overdramatic and boring. Doesn't really bring anything new to relationship movies.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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