With Friends Like These (1998)



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Life among insecure, middle-aged character actors, former New Yorkers in L.A., is the main plot focus of this Philip Frank Messina comedy about four friends who want the same role in the next Martin Scorsese gangster flick. Balding Johnny DiMartino (Robert Costanzo) is so excited by the news of a possible part as Al Capone in a Scorsese film that he informs ladies' man Dorian Masstandrea (Jon Tenney), who cheats on his wife Samantha (Elle Macpherson). Dorian immediately makes moves to get his own audition. Johnny goes to Armand (David Strathairn) for coaching in Sicilian characteristics, and he worries that his look-alike, Rudy Ptak (Jon Polito) will get the part. Steve Hersh (Adam Arkin) tries to get through to Scorsese, although his wife Joanne (Laura San Giacomo) is convinced he doesn't have a chance. Cameos by Bill Murray and Scorsese (portraying himself at the audition). Shown at the 1998 Santa Barbara Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
R (for language.)
Comedy , Drama
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Adam Arkin
as Steve Hersh
Robert Costanzo
as Johnny DiMartino
Beverly D'Angelo
as Therese Carpenter
Elle Macpherson
as Samantha Mastandrea
Amy Madigan
as Hannah DiMartino
Laura San Giacomo
as Joanne Hersh
Lauren Tom
as Yolanda Chin
David Strathairn
as Armand Minetti
Jon Tenney
as Dorian Mastandrea
Garry Marshall
as Frank Minetti
Carmine Costanzo
as Nino DiMartino
Tom La Grua
as Head Mob Guy
Michael McKean
as Dr. Maxwell Hersh
Ashley Peldon
as Marissa DiMartino
Jon Polito
as Rudy Ptak
Armando Pucci
as Dr. Puccini
Andrew Schaifer
as Trent Rabinowitz
Bill Murray
as Maurice Melnick
Martin Scorsese
as Scorsese
Garland Jeffreys
as Wedding Singer
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Critic Reviews for With Friends Like These

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The incessant betrayals and confidences become monotonous after a time, and the film sinks into the familiar swamp of suburban futility.

Full Review… | March 10, 2005
New York Observer
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The movie works as well as it does because the cast knows the material so intimately.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Only sporadically amusing.

February 25, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

At its best, Philip Frank Messina's show business comedy plays like a less acerbic, less Jewish triple episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Plot and characterization are drawn strictly off the rack.

February 22, 2005
Village Voice
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The question of why this film is being re-released is superseded by the question of who would want to watch it.

Full Review… | March 24, 2005
Film Journal International

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