Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Peter's Friends (1992)

Synopsis: It’s a next-generation Big Chill, where everyone is still self-absorbed and douchey, but British.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Peter (Stephen Fry) and his best friends met in college as members of a comedy troupe. Ten years later, he calls them all together to ring in 1992 at his newly inherited mansion.”

What Did I Learn?: Ladies, if the guy you like informs you he isn’t “in the vagina business” you may wish to keep searching.

Really?: Funny how a weekend getaway in the country can fix all of the deep-seated emotional problems of a couple dealing with the death of a child.

Rating: I’ve been a fan of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie ever since they starred in those wonderful Jeeves and Wooster productions two decades ago, and they certainly deliver some excellent entertainment in Peter’s Friends. The film has some funny moments (as well as an impressive '80s and '90s soundtrack), but it would be a stretch to call it a comedy. Instead, it’s a nice, human drama about old friends reconnecting to find they all have problems. Highly recommended. 8.5/10 stars.

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