Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Best Friends (1982)

Burt Reynolds Film Fest Movie #7

Synopsis: Burt and Goldie learn that discovering America, reconnecting with loved ones, and committing yourself to your life partner through the holy bonds of matrimony are all poison to the soul.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “To say that sparks of entertainment fly with a company like this is sheer understatement. Named one of the year’s 10 Best by the New York Daily News, Best Friends gives romantic chemistry new lustre – and makes for the best of fun.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) If a chick who looks like Goldie Hawn asks you to take a shower with her, it's not a good idea to reply: “I’ve already taken a shower." 2) Buffalo is a frozen, dilapidated hell-hole that's best avoided by civilized people.


Really?: Hold on - Richard and Paula have been together for five years, and the simple act of getting married somehow ruins the relationship? And wait - after five years, they're finally meeting each other's parents?

Rating: Based on the cheesy VHS jacket, I expected the worst when I popped a copy of Best Friends into my VCR, and yet it actually wasn't all that bad. Best Friends isn't a great film by any stretch - it's only sporadically funny, the soundtrack is terrible, and you won't remember much of it the day after viewing, but Burt and Goldie do their best with the material, and I loved the 20-30 minutes they spend in Buffalo with Paula's parents. 6/10 stars.

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