The Goodbye Girl (1977)
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The kid was the best part
A wonderful movie! Great cast, brilliant script. Its worth a watch!
Neil Simon seems to return to the well with The Goodbye Girl, as it's essentially another take on The Odd Couple, but despite the familiar set-up, he's telling a different story. Well grounded in New York's theatrical scene, its characters are at the mercy of success and failure on the stage, and that's caused Marsha Mason's Paula, a single mom prone to falling for actors, to have become used to (and yet, not used to) having the rug pulled from under her when those actors go on the road, cheat, or leave permanently, when their fortunes change. Enter Richard Dreyfuss' Elliot, an actor (wouldn't you know it) subletting the previous boyfriend's part of the apartment, and he's as neurotic as she is. Sparks fly, the wrong kind at first, but if romance eventually blossoms, will his theatrical fate throw HER and her daughter for a loop, AGAIN? Those are the stakes, and all three actors - because the little girl, Quinn Cummings (Lucy), is excellent as the glue that holds the living arrangement together - do a good job with Simon's trademark witty banter and slightly off-the-wall characters. There's also an amusing lampoon of off-Broadway Shakespeare and some legitimately romantic moments (the likes of which Oscar and Felix never had).
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This movie ranks #27 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #67 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #81 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #310 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees