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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Peter's Friends (1992)

A young British Lord (Stephen Fry) invites his best friends from his Cambridge days for a 10 year reunion at his manor for New Year's Eve. They're a mixed lot: a couple (Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton) who are recovering from the death of a child, a writer (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed) now living in Hollywood and his actress wife (Rita Rudner, who co-wrote the screenplay), a publisher (Emma Thompson) on her way to spinsterhood, a sex crazed costume designer (Alphonsia Emmanuel) and her latest boyfriend (Tony Slattery). Alas, things start to go downhill fairly quickly. The film is an amiable cousin to THE BIG CHILL but without the self important pretensions. If fairly predictable, there are some genuinely funny moments peppered through out the film. However, Fry's revelation at the end of the film no longer has the power it had in 1992. The soundtrack is chock full of great songs of the era by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper and Tears For Fears. With Phyllida Law and Alex Lowe.

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