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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 12-FEB-2008
Media Type: DVD
What if you could go back to your glory days? Peter's Friends, sort of The Big Chill reconceived as an Agatha Christie country-estate drama, lets a group of university pals ponder that question while they must deal with their present-day demons. Kenneth Branagh's film, written by costar Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman, is buoyed by its vast and talented cast, whose chemistry keeps the action crackling, even when most of the action is the characters speaking. The friends are reunited at Peter's posh country home after the death of his father, for one last New Year's Eve. The bons mots fly, and the interaction of the actors is, as the Brits say, brilliant. Peter (played by the sublime Stephen Fry): "It's funny, with both my parents gone, I suddenly have this overwhelming urge to act maturely." Andrew (Branagh): "Oh, well, I don't think anybody really matures. Adults are just children who owe money." Yet buried among the one-liners and drawing-room manners are disappointment, heartbreak, and a heavy secret (which, many years after the film's original 1992 release, doesn't pack the same wallop). Emma Thompson shows nuance and delight as Maggie while Hugh Laurie shows his dramatic capabilities. Other winning performances are given by Imelda Staunton and Tony Slattery. The setting is an absolute stunner, and viewers will wish they could spend a holiday at the manor. And the soundtrack will transport them to a sweeter time in the early '80s, when "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Cozy up for a delightfully unexpected evening with these Friends. --A.T. Hurley
One of my favorite golden oldies!!!! Funny, interesting, great acting, great actors! Have watched so many times over the years, this is my #2 dvd purchase!Published 4 months ago by DebC
This is one of those movies no one knows about. I loved it. A gem.Published 5 months ago by Dawn Louise
Great old movie I love!!!
My husband and I were lucky enough to see Hugh Laurie play with the Copper Bottom Band (which I highly recommend if you love old New Orleans... Read more
It's far beyond the sobby standards of "Why Did I Get Married?", "It's Kind of a Funny Story", and "Silver Linings Playbook". Read morePublished 13 months ago by Azzan
Brought back fond memories - one of my favourites with Hugh Laurie at his best! Recording is reasonable quality given age of movie.Published 16 months ago by Michael Read
I bought this for my sister from her Christmas wish list. She was thrilled to receive it, especially since, I believe, it isn't easily available.Published 17 months ago by momof3and3
Great cast and clever script make this little-known film a holiday treat worth discovering. They gather around the piano at one point to sing a nicely choreographed Kern song. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Doug Payne