Peter's Friends (1992)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 6,250
This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill (1983), was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton (Stephen Fry), who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew (Branagh), who has married Carol (Rita Rudner), the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson),
Dec 25, 1992 Wide
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Peter's Friends won't win over anyone looking for depth - as drama, it's pure popcorn - but the vignettes are swept along by Branagh's richly theatrical temperament and by the exuberant wit of the cast.
Many of the lines and the shadings brought to them by these expert performers are good for some laughs, and pic has plenty of energy, but it can't be taken as seriously as it wants to be.
Although it addresses AIDS more directly than many films have, it remains a lightweight entertainment, enjoyable mostly for the fun of hearing arch, skillful actors deliver droll remarks.
If film is basically a voyeuristric medium, then one of the questions that might be asked about "Peter's Friends" is: Would we like to be one of these friends, and attend such a reunion ourselves? I would.
With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair.
stephen fry is a great actor, and should act more
...a surprisingly entertaining little flick that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly stellar performances...
A terrific ensemble, breath of fresh air for Branagh
Great British comedy.
lively and hilarious
Surprisingly charming comedy.
Brilliant cast, above-average wit
Why does this genre endure, and why does it attract actors of the caliber of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson?
Some witty humor and amusing characters, but suffocates from the weight of its own pretentiousness.
Good, but not great ensemble piece.
Audience Reviews for Peter's Friends
- Andrew: I think adults are just children who owe money.
- Maggie: Fill me with your little babies!
- Carol: You make Mother Teresa look like a hooker.
- Andrew: If there is a God, I think he takes a lot of long lunches.
- Peter: It's funny. With both my parents gone, suddenly I have this overwhelming urge to act maturely.
- Andrew: Oh, I don't think anyone really matures. I think adults are just children who owe money.
- Carol: Look at this armoire. Is this real?
- Andrew: No, it's imaginary.
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