Lindsey M. (Lindsey) from FAYETTEVILLE, AR Reviewed on 7/8/2009...
IMO one of the best romantic comedies of all time! Richard Dreyfuss is adorable and your in love with him the minute he is on the screen. Quinn Cummings is adorable! Marsha Mason at times is overshadowed by her amazing co-stars but holds her own pretty well! I definitely recommend this movie to anyone and everyone!
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"I don't - like - the panties - hanging - on - the rod!"
M. Hart | USA | 01/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1977, movie theater audiences were treated to what is probably Neil Simon's best writing with the film "The Goodbye Girl". Directed by Herbert Ross (1927-2001, who later directed "Steel Magnolias" in 1989), the film stars Richard Dreyfuss as the aspiring actor Elliot Garfield, Marsha Mason as former dancer Paula McFadden and Quinn Cummings as Paula's 10-year old daughter Lucy. The film begins with Paula and Lucy returning to their New York City apartment from a long day of shopping. They are preparing to move to California with Paula's boyfriend, Tony Deforest (not shown), who is another aspiring actor that just got an acting job in a Hollywood film. Upon getting home, Tony isn't there, but she finds a note that he left for her. The note is not what Paula wanted or expected to hear: Tony left without her and Lucy. Paula learns from building manager Mrs. Crosby (Theresa Merritt, 1924-1998) the next morning that loveable Tony did something else too: he sublet the apartment. Not having the money to move, Paula decides that she and Lucy will remain in the apartment. When the subletee arrives (Elliot), she reluctantly agrees to share the apartment with him. The resulting mutually antagonistic relationship slowly evolves into something quite different.For his work in "The Goodbye Girl", Richard Dreyfuss won the much deserved Oscar for Best Actor. Marsha Mason was nominated for Best Actress and Quinn Cummings was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film itself was nominated for Best Picture and Neil Simon was nominated for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Some of the very memorable scenes in the film include Paula & Lucy's arrival home at the beginning of the film, Elliot's arrival, the living arrangements, Elliot's rehearsals, Paula's exercises, Lucy's stomachache, Elliot's alternate employment, the Chianti, the rooftop dinner, the carriage ride and the closing scenes. Other memorable characters include Elliot's off-Broadway director Mark (Paul Benedict, known for his portrayal of Harry Bentley in the 1975-1985 TV series "The Jeffersons") and Donna Douglas (Barbara Rhoades).Overall, I rate the 1977 version of "The Goodbye Girl" with a resounding 5 out of 5 stars. It's a wonderfully engaging film that continues to entertain to this day. The 2004 television remake that starred Jeff Daniels as Elliot and Patricia Heaton as Paula was not anywhere as good as the original."
A chick flick for guys too
Tony R. Tucker | Crewe, VA United States | 09/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the Goodbye Girl when it first came to theaters. At the time I was 12 and was really not interested in seeing it. I made quite a fuss as my parents dragged me into the theater. Now, many years later I can be honest and tell the world how much I liked the film.Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason play mismatched people stuck rooming together when Mason's ex dumps her and sublets his apartment to Dreyfuss. Mason's character has a young daughter, played by Quinn Cummings, and the three end up tolerating each other until resentment turns to acceptance turns to caring turns to love. It's an old story but it's never been done better than this.As an adult now, I think the film appeals to me because the male character is more than just window dressing in a story about how hard a woman's life is. Guys don't want to be beat over the head and this movie doesn't do that. Each character has their own chance to have a breakdown, and in the end we find a little of ourselves in all of them."
A Romantic-Comedy Classic
Brenda L Privara | Akron, Ohio United States | 05/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dumped yet again by her less than scrupulous lover, Marcia Mason is in for quite a surprise when she finds out that her apartment has been sublet to Richard Dreyfuss ( who plays an actor about to begin his first off-Broadway play, Richard III ). Mason's wise-cracking daughter,(played by Quinn Cummings) is fantastic as a cynical 10 year old and almost steals the movie away from the main 2 characters. When Dreyfuss agrees to let Mason and her daughter share the apartment with him, the sparks start to fly. Immediately Dreyfuss begins to assert his egocentric personality by laying down the rules of the house "I DON'T like the panties drying on the rod !! " and their relationship goes down hill from there. But naturally, as it always goes in this type of romantic comedy, the 2 main characters eventually begin to warm up to each other and have a relationship of their own. It's a movie about taking chances and allowing yourself to be vulnerable just ONE more time to let love into your heart. My friend, Debbie, and I have watched this movie so many times we can practically recite the dialogue by heart "mama bear done fixed the cave up good !" This movie is worth watching if just to see Dreyfuss' character play the worst version of Richard III imaginable. He sashays and lisps and flounces around the off-Broadway stage until you are laughing so hard your sides hurt ! I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch something that is funny and yet touchingly innocent and uplifting, all at the same time."
Absolutely best romantic comedy. Ever.
Brenda L Privara | 01/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I started watching the movie I didn't know it was actually a romantic comedy, or I'd have switched the channel; I'm kinda wary of that genre, for many reasons. In any case, I left it on, and now, all I can say is that this movie is definitely going to be in my collection! Everything, absolutely everything was so good about this movie: the acting, the plot, the dialogue; there are few things I love best than to watch two witty people fighting; I even sort of expected to keep doing it until the end of the movie, but the way they end up falling for each other compensates for that, it was all very sweet and charming, without being saccharine, and the characters were something else, specially Lucy, the 10 year old girl with a 26 year old mind; and even if it had been just your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy I'd have watched it anyway only to see the part when Dreyfuss' character plays a very effeminate Richard III onstage and then comes home drunk, it was so hysterical. This movie alone puts to shame the host of awful, corny, boring productions Hollywood chokes us with - not that it needs any help with that. I wish I could have given this movie ten stars."
Still one of the best movies I've seen
R. Kyle | USA | 04/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paula (Mason) and her 10 year old daughter Lucy (Cummings) have just returned from a shopping spree. They're bubbly and excited because they're going to live in California. Then, Paula discovers a note. It seems her actor-boyfriend, Tony, has dumped her and is going to Italy instead.
The bad news just keeps rolling in. At midnight, Paula gets a call from a strange man. It seems Elliot Garfield (Dreyfus) is an actor who's sublet the apartment from Tony and he wants to move in.
While possession may be nine-tenths of the law, Paula knows that the law is really on Elliot's side since he has the signed lease. So they negotiate an arrangement that they'll be roommates.
This is not a likely pairing. Paula really hates actors now since she's been dumped on them more than once. But, as time goes on, the three bond.
Some really hilarious scenes here where Elliot gets stuck playing Richard III as a flaming queen instead of a King. But the best lines are from young Quinn Cummings, who steals the show from the two veteran actors.
Well done movie and one of Neil Simon's absolute best.