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Many of these movies were taken from the pages of best sellers. The movie SUCH GOOD FRIENDS was one such movie and it combined the old with the new, a current best seller and an old school director in Otto Preminger. Does it succeed? Some think so to the point they can’t figure out why this movie isn’t a cult classic. Others thought it showed Preminger’s decline. The truth is it lies somewhere in the middle, a movie that’s enjoyable enough to watch but not the best the director made nor artistic enough to gather a cult following.
The story revolves around Julie (Dyan Cannon), a young housewife and mother in New York City, with 2 rambunctious children and a self-interested husband named Richard (Laurence Luckinbill), a major magazine editor and children’s author about to have minor surgery to remove a mole. Things don’t go as planned and Richard has an allergic reaction to the blood they gave him. As the movie progresses things go from bad to worse and the transfusion given to cure that problem results in liver damage, then on to another organ and so forth. Through it all Richard remains in a coma while Julie is left to deal with the worry and their friends.Read more ›
Elaine May's script boasts an abundance of sharp and witty dialogue but the overall tone of the movie is so sour that nothing registers as being funny. Director Otto Preminger's decision to jaggedly cut fleeting fantasy and flashback sequences into various scenes also doesn't help much in establishing any kind of comic rhythm--as with Skidoo (1968) Otto Preminger shows no feeling whatsoever for comedy. Elaine May ended up using a pseudonym on this movie for the first and only time in her career.
Dyan Cannon's lead performance is so winning it only makes you feel worse that the rest of the movie is so bad--if Such Good Friends had been directed by someone more suited to the material like Mike Nichols or Paul Mazursky this could have easily been a star-making turn for her--instead Cannon's fine efforts are wasted in a painfully unfunny film that could probably serve as a master-thesis on how not to direct a comedy. Such Good Friends simply isn't worth enduring unless the thought of Burgess Meredith dancing around naked at a cocktail party actually delights you.
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Great story about relationships and friendships. Even though I saw this movie over 40 years ago while in college, it had one of the most memorable lines in a movie that I have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donnie Lamarr Branche
dialogue is inane. every joke falls flat. photography is dismal. so bad that Elaine May took her name off the credits: The wretched screenplay (adapted from a bestselling... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Gould
It's difficult to relate to the tone of this film. Is it satire? If so, it's poorly done. I did not believe the characters or the plot for a minute. Waste of time.Published 13 months ago by Marialivia
I guess this movie reminds us how really good friends are. Some of the characters are interesting. I guess people deal with extreme stress differently.Published on January 30, 2014 by AMM
It's a pretty sorry movie but I watched it to see Diane Cannon and she's hot in it for sure!Published on July 20, 2013 by Cindy
THE IMPORTANT DIRECTOR OTTO PREMINGER PRESENTS TO US A REALLY SOLID AND UNFORGETABLE FILM.DYAN CANNON PLAYS THE GOOD WIFE WHO IS OVERSHADOWED BY HER FAMOUS HUSBAND WHO IS A... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by AKIS CHR.