The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Most recently screened in June 2016
Director: Herbert Ross. Cast: Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict, Barbara Rhodes, Patricia Pearcy, Theresa Merritt, Michael Shawn. Screenplay: Neil Simon.

Twitter Capsule: So much of the script, direction, and characterization is obnoxious. I'm amazed it charms me as much as it does.

VOR:   Some things to note here: the ability to sell Simon on screen, where many adapters have failed; the deft child performance; the moments of real warmth. Expendable, but not nothing.



Photo © 1977 Warner Bros./Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. B–


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actress: Marsha Mason
Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss
Best Supporting Actress: Quinn Cummings
Best Original Screenplay: Neil Simon

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy; tie): Marsha Mason
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Richard Dreyfuss
Best Supporting Actress: Quinn Cummings
Best Screenplay: Neil Simon

Other Awards:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Dreyfuss)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Actor (Dreyfuss)

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