California Suite

California Suite

DVD - 2007
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Five couples have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for diverse reasons, and they must all confront some rather amusing personal dilemmas.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2007]
Call Number: DVD F CALI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Neil Simon's California suite

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Oct 31, 2018

Has its moments.
As the previous reviewer noted, the Alan Alda-Jane Fonda segment is the most memorably real, and the escalating Bill Cosby-Richard Pryor feud, strangely, just does not work. How is it possible that two of the funniest men in show business have no absolutely chemistry?? (For contrast watch Pryor with Gene Wilder in "Stir Crazy" or Cosby with Sidney Poitier in "Uptown Saturday Night.")
This film does reunite multi-talented Elaine May with her "A New Leaf" costar Walter Matthau, but the comedy is much darker here, and the characters largely unsympathetic. (Matthau appeared to greater and funnier effect in "Plaza Suite," released, like "A New Leaf," in 1971.)
Far and away the most successful pairing are brilliant Brits Maggie Smith and Michael Caine, both at the top of their game as a boozing, battling Hollywood couple coping with an evening of harsh realities. The segment begins bitingly comic (Smith's timing was never better) and ends with true poignance.

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richardcsater
Jul 24, 2018

Shrill and unfunny "comedy." The Fonda/Alda segment comes off best; the Pryor/Cosby sequence is absolutely painful.

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