Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
To say it's well-made would be a lie, but Maggie Smith is hysterically funny in her scene-stealing, Oscar-winning performance, so for that reason alone, it's worth it.
Maggie Smith was exceptional, nice to see Richard Pryor as always, however the film was a little confused in what it was.
Maggie Smith is great as always but this has not aged well at all. I can't judge it any other way as I was not even born when the film was released.
This film feels like a lightweight Robert Altman film...had Robert Altman been involved. The Bill Cosby/ Richard Pryor storyline should have been made into its own separate film, which would have been hilarious. Their arc just does not fit the tone of the rest of the film. The Walter Matthau segment could have been cut completely. Fortunately, both the Michael Caine/Maggie Smith arc and Alan Alda/Jane Fonda arc made the film enjoyable enough to sit through.
Maggie Smith and Michael Caine shine in my favorite and, in my opinion, the wittiest and most interesting of the stories. Beyond that story I did'nt care for much of the other stories.
Alan Alda and Jane Fonda do well in a segment that is'nt very interesting nor very involving.
Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby are somewhat likable in a segment that is'nt very funny even if it really tries to be.
Walter Matthau's segment does'nt get very funny until it gets near the end when he tries to cover up his infidelity. At that point, it actually gets really funny.
As a whole, California Suite had potential to be great, but ended up being somewhat mediocre and nothing special.