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We'd rather not speculate over how much of Best Friends is autobiographical. We'll just note that this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say "I do." The stars are far less interesting than the ...
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We'd rather not speculate over how much of Best Friends is autobiographical. We'll just note that this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say "I do." The stars are far less interesting than the supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes as Hawn's parents, Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn as Reynolds' folks, Ron Silver as an avaricious producer (no names, please!), and Richard Libertini as a Mexican justice of the peace.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Darker than it has any right to be, Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin's semiautobiographical tale provides some genuine moments of inspiration for its usually unchallenged lead performers Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn, but ultimately, the film can't reconcile the gulf between its dramatic and comedic moments. Posing the same can-a-friendship-survive-a-relationship question that would later be answered with a resounding "yes" by the feel-good hit When Harry Met Sally, Best Friends is most interesting when it catches its characters in a state of comic self-delusion. Reynolds' sardonic sense of humor is put to good use in scenes involving the couple's extemporaneous marriage and their subsequent in-law encounters (featuring spry supporting turns from Jessica Tandy, Barnard Hughes, Keenan Wynn, and Audra Lindley). But when things get unremittingly ugly in the film's last third, the emotional and physical abuse seems to come out of nowhere, and what's meant as a bittersweet coda plays more like a smiley-face fastened atop a divorce agreement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 085392887927
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Richard Babson
Goldie Hawn Paula McCullen
Jessica Tandy Eleanor McCullen
Barnard Hughes Tim McCullen
Audra Lindley Ann Babson
Keenan Wynn Tom Babson
Ron Silver Larry Weisman
Richard Libertini Jorge Medina
Mickey Martin Robbie Batiou
Carol Locatell Nellie Ballou
Peggy Walton-Walker Carol Brandon
Noah Hathaway Lyle Ballou
Helen Page Camp Maid
Joan Pringle Doria
Vincent J. Isaac Cab Driver
David Cullinane Waiter
Rodney Kageyama Meter Reader
Terrence Currier Henry Spaulding
Jennifer Jewison Skier
Brian Corrigan Waiter
Jimmy Lewis Diner
Douglas Roberts Stuart
Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director, Producer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Valerie Curtin Screenwriter
Nora Ephron Screenwriter
Barry Levinson Asst. Director, Screenwriter
Marci Liroff Casting
Mitch Markowitz Screenwriter
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Patrick Palmer Producer
Win Phelps Asst. Director
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Josan F. Russo Production Designer
Joe Wizan Executive Producer
Don Zimmerman Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. From Talky to Visual [3:51]
2. Larry Likes Them [3:59]
3. Richard's Statement [3:47]
4. Playpen Soul-Searching [3:24]
5. Meet My Parents? [3:11]
6. Don't Tell [2:33]
7. Chapel Choice [2:39]
8. I Dee 'n' Doe [4:35]
9. Train Montage [4:27]
10. The McCullens [4:10]
11. Mom Loves Sex [2:49]
12. Did I Interrupt? [2:18]
13. Her Teenage Room [3:15]
14. Guilt Over Grits [4:40]
15. Dad's Bad Move [3:00]
16. Father Time's Way [2:46]
17. Loving Couples Toast [2:31]
18. The Babsons [5:27]
19. Picture of Frustration [5:22]
20. Visitor From Hollywood [3:40]
21. Out of Breath [2:08]
22. Death of the Party [3:17]
23. Break an Egg [2:19]
24. Do You Love Her? [3:09]
25. Into the Salad [3:33]
26. Signs [4:43]
27. Not All Right [3:35]
28. The Corridor [4:45]
29. We Had It All [5:27]
30. Into the Sunset [3:19]
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Menu

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   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite movie!

    I married my best friend who comes from a wacky family, and I related to this story very well. This movie illustrates in a hilarious way how marriage can change a great friendship. My favorite scene is when they are exchanging vows!

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