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Best Friends Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

Art imitates life in this romantic comedy, which casts Reynolds and Hawn as a successful Hollywood screenwriting team. Their harmonious working and romantic relationship goes south when they decide to get married after years of living together. Written by and based on the lives of writers Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin, the film is a decidedly bittersweet affair: after all, Levinson and Curtin got married, then divorced, just like the characters in the movie. Consequently, there's less real humor than kidding as the relationship develops cracks, chinks, and leaks, before foundering altogether. Still, Reynolds and Hawn have a likable chemistry because neither is trying too hard. Watch for a particularly funny and crass cameo by Ron Silver, as a big-shot director they wind up working for.

Academy Awards

Best Friends received an Academy Awards nomination for Best Song (Michel Legrand - Music, Alan Bergman - Lyrics, Marilyn Bergman - Lyrics).

 

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Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, Barnard Hughes, Audra Lindley, Keenan Wynn, Ron Silver, Carol Locatell

Released: December 17, 1982

Availability: DVD VHS


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