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Just Between Friends
Just Between Friends
Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson, Christine Lahti, Julie Payne, Beverly Sanders
Director: Allan Burns
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2004     1hr 50min

OscarĀ(r) nominees* Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People) and Christine Lahti ("ChicagoHope") give "virtuoso performances" (Ms.) as newfound friends in this compelling tale that "makes you laugh, cry and works you over emotio...  more »


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Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson, Christine Lahti, Julie Payne, Beverly Sanders
Director: Allan Burns
Creators: Jordan Cronenweth, Allan Burns, Anne Goursaud, Edward Teets
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2004
Original Release Date: 03/21/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 03/21/1986
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Sudsy but ultimately satisfying.....
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Sudsy soap opera is saved by the touching performances of the leads, Mary Tyler Moore and Christine Lahti. Produced my Moore's production company MTM, this modern tale reminiscent of best of 1930s and 1940 melodrama actually transcends the gimmicky premise. Implausible as most soaps of this genre, JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS has a feminist edge not often seen in classic Hollywood. These kinds of "dramedies" rely less on writing skill and more on acting chops and manipulative tear dropping. While the performances are top notch, unforunately the sob elements are less effective. Moore, coming off of her ORDINARY PEOPLE Oscar nomination 5 years before plays the role with conviction...rather like her Mary Richards persona thrown into this maudlin predicament. Her foil is wise cracking, but ultimately lonely Christine Lahti, who was fresh from her nomination for SWING SHIFT. Writer/Director Allan Burns (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) attempts to infuse the proceedings with a humor that works some of the time. The tear jerking elements simply did not work for this reviewer. Too little time was spent leading up to the denoument that it comes across more as an afterthought than an entirely effective plot device. Another weight on the proceedings is the awkward and sometimes obtrusive score by Patrick Williams. In 2004 it comes across as terribly dated and a little obnoxious. Several dramatic moments are eclipsed by this overbearing score. Whats odd about JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS is its ability to rise above its faults and become an entertaining little film. Perhaps one could call this a "guilty pleasure". Its not a classic by any means, but at least an interesting time capsule of 1980s feminism and family.MGM has presented this film in both Widescreen and Full Screen formats on opposite sides of the DVD. MGM presents these with beautiful transfers. Film grain is not a big problem and the color correction comes off a little orange with the skin tones...but overall a nice presentation. The soundtrack comes off beautifully, with dialogue easy to understand and no noticeable distortion. For a mono mix, this actually has some range and depth which was a surprise. The only supplement is the original theatrical trailer...which is actually a delight to watch. For once a trailer that doesn't give everything away!For the price, this is a great deal. MGM has built quite a reputation for releasing their catalog to DVD. JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS, a minor 1980s film has been given a careful treatment by MGM."
Oddly Entertaining
lewis jackman | Sleepy Lagoon | 05/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Imagine an Eighties update on a Forties "women's picture". . . but with Laura Petrie or Mary Richards as the long-suffering heroine. . .and Sam (Ted Danson) Malone as the cheating spouse!

Mary Tyler Moore is spunkily stalwart as the wronged wife but wise-cracking Christine Lahti steals the picture as the other woman. (Guess Valerie Harper was busy.) Plays like a jazzercise-era remake of the old Bette Davis/Mary Astor tear-jerker "The Great Lie." Movie never makes up its mind whether it's a comedy or a drama but is oddly entertaining nevertheless."
Mary Tyler Moore is Superb
barry | Boston, MA United States | 09/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Boy, this movie takes place in the 80's and at first you must get over how dated it is. The clothes are hilarious but not as much as the big hairstyles. Hilarious. But move beyond the opening drawn out areobics class and a very entertaining weepy drama will draw you in.

Mary Tyler Moore, a housewife meets Christine Lahti, a newsreporter in an aerobics class and they form an instant bond both not having many female friends. Ms. Moore is happily married and lo and behold it ends up Ms. Lahti is having an affair with a married man who is Ms. Moore's husband.

How this drama plays out and how the plot develops is very well done and certainly character driven. The acting is superb all around but for me watching the movie 22 years after it was made I am most impressed with Mary Tyler Moore. If this situation happened today the people involved would most certainly be in different places and deal with things a little differently.

Mary Tyler Moore makes her somewhat timid housewife who yearns for more very believable and the journey of self discovery she embarks on is very well told. It also provides Ms. Moore wirth some excellent scenes. She truly becomes this character and her emotions are believably raw. She makes the otherwise datedness of this movie not an issue. Her character is timeless and you believe she could be from this generation and going through the same processes.

Give yourself a treat and enjoy this quality emotional drama."
A classic great movie
Beth Boettcher | 12/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I haven't seen this movie in years and like it just as much now as I did then. It is a really good movie and I think it is a classic. Mary Tyler Moore and Christine Lahti are great together and I have always liked Sam Waterston."