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The clever, facile Peter's Friends doesn't bear much scrutiny, and its attempts at pathos are more opportunistic than earned. Still, Branagh knows how to put on a lively show.
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.
Most will guess the pay-off, but it's an amiable enterprise.
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.
Mostly a hodgepodge of stale show-biz stereotypes mixed with the brand of schmaltzy emotionalism that can be bought off the rack of any store on Rodeo Drive.
With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair.
Anyone else who is going to require a bit of preparatory jollying up should probably avoid this production.
Only the most dedicated Anglophile with an unnatural devotion to the privileged classes could embrace "Peter's Friends" with unreserved fervor.
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.
I've been meaning to watch this film ever since reading its review on a Microsoft Cinemania '95 CD... it's very much a product of its time with the 80s soundtrack reminding me of discos from the early 90s. A bunch of thespians playing thespians; there's not much to describe with giving the plot away - worthwhile if you're a fan of Branagh & Thompson or Fry & Laurie.
Interesting relationships between old friends.
I do not have the linguistic faculties to express how much I hate this film. Luvvy infested unfunny, pretentious crap.
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