Friday, April 2, 2010

Chick Flick Friday - The Goodbye Girl

I'm feeling a little bit retro again and I just wish I could actually GET this movie on DVD - although I'd settle for VHS at this point. Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" stars Marsha Mason a a single mom with rotten luck/taste in men and Richard Dreyfus as the man she ends up being roommates with.

Paula McFadden (played by Marsha Mason) and her way-too-smart-for-her-own-good 10 year old daughter Lucy (played by Quinn Cummings) are abandoned in New York by Paula's boyfriend. In the true form of the rotten and spiteful ex-boyfriend, he also sublets the apartment they share to a young actor, Eliot Garfield (played by Richard Dreyfuss). They agree to live together even though they hate each other. And naturally, they fall in love.

It's your typical romantic comedy but in all honesty, I had a really hard time with Richard Dreyfus in the role of a romantic lead. I mean, the man is a wonderful actor but I just don't find him believable as a lead in a movie like this. His comedic timing is wonderful and Marsha Mason was adorable if not whiney at times.

All in all, it really is a cute movie and again, sweet enough that it is not gratuitous in any way, shape or form. Enjoy!


Shelly said...

You made me want to see it again. I haven't seen The Goodbye Girl in years but it is one of the classics. I remember thinking Dreyfuss wasn't right for this role either but with age comes wisdom and I think it's true to life that you can find love in the most unexpected situations. He's the nice guy. The one we usually turn away from in our youth and realize we deserve in our adult lives.

VetTech said...

I saw this movie when it first came out. I was about the same age as the little girl in the movie, but I thought Dreyfuss was perfect as the romantic neurotic.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

I freakin love this movie!!! I was 7 when it came out, and my two aunties dragged me to the movies with them. Who woulda thunk Richard Dreyfuss would be so sexy in this movie???

The one-liners are classic!
"What's incense?"
"It's what I'm feeling right now..."