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The Goodbye Girl
- Michael Whitty
One of Neil Simon's bests "The Goodbye Girl" works as a great romantic comedy with Richard Dreyfuss, who won the Academy Award, and Marsha Mason who was nominated. A Broadway actor finds his apartment in New York has already been subleted to a woman and her daughter and he has to arrange a living situation for everyone. Simon's dialogue is wonderful between these two as Dreyfuss goes from Richard III to work elsewhere to being seen by a film director in a comedy room to being hired and has to leave for awhile. Simon's comedies always thrive in a house or apartment setting with actors facing up to each other. "The Goodbye Girl" got nominated for best picture for 1977 as the actors made the most of it.
- Will Fox
Paula is an ex-Broadway dancer, repeatedly dumped, divorced mother with precious Lucy,10. On a rainy night in their NYC Brownstone apartment "the left behinds," they learn despairingly that Paula's ex-lover, a superficial actor, left them with nothing for spaghetti-moviemaking in Italy. Worse, the cad sold mother and child's home to another unknown, an out-town, improvisational actor. (Think Robin Williams without money.) When aspiring actor Elliot arrives after midnight, puts his key in his apartment door, it's double locked with a chain from inside. Sleeping Paula & Lucy are disturbed. Paula responds with NY attitude, chutzpa. She bluffs with a series of metaphorical, trial balloons. She says, "My husband is a NYPD detective and you can reach him at the 22nd Precinct." Elliott is soaked, suspicious and persevering. Sophisticated repartee ensues. They negotiate, as sparring boxers. His key and contract in hand convinces her to acquiesce, to sublet the apartment in the middle of the night. Think "Strangers in the Night" without music. Precocious Lucy makes insightful quips. The uneasy truce of their menage-a-trois blossoms into mutual, lasting love. Everyone has great comic timing. This is playwright Neil Simon's zenith. Forget his chronic sarcasm in "Plaza Suite," "California Suite," "London Suite," and his formulaically depressing deja vu. Only two years after "The Goodbye Girl" awards (Oscar and Golden Globes) Simon's "Second Chapter" starts smart, then plummets into plastic, pseudo-psychological pap, regurgitating case-study self-pity. Neil Simon's zenith !
The Goodbye Girl
- Dashiell Barnes
A warm & hilarious romantic-comedy. Dreyfuss won a Best Actor Oscar as an eccentric actor, Mason won a Golden Globe & young Cummings was nominated for her supporting performance as Mason's daughter. The script by Simon is witty & sentimental, but has a fairly predictable outline. Still, this is an entertaining, feel-good movie. I give it a 4/5.
A classic, a winner
Touching, funny, thoroughly compelling, and even a serious tribute to the potential goodness of people.
A WONDERFUL FEELING
THIS MOVIE LEAVES YOU WITH SUCH HOPEFULNESS, JUST LIKE THE 70'S DECADE IN WHICH IT WAS FILMED. FEELING HOPEFUL IS SO WONDERFUL, IT IS SORELY LACKING IN TODAYS VERSION OF ENTERTAINMENT. THESE ACTORS AND THIS STORY ARE THE BEST OF HOLLYWOOD. I WISH WE COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME WHEN EVERYONE WANTED STORIES LIKE THIS.
BEST FEEL-GOOD MOVIE OF ALL TIME!
- Dennis Ang
Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl is a funny yet touching film. Always on the lookout for the kleenex right before the movie ends........ I cheered when Paula finally is not a goodbye girl anymore!
A GREAT COMEDY
THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE.IT IS WELL WRITTEN.ALL OF THE ACTORS WERE AT THEIR BEST EVERYTIME I SEE IT I LAUGH A LITTLE HARDER.RICHARD DREYFUSS AND MARSHA MASON MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE.