• MARTIN BRADLEY

    ★★★ Rewatched by MARTIN BRADLEY 12 Apr, 2015

    Neil Simon adapted his own play CALIFORNIA SUITE for the screen and director Herbert Ross opened it up very nicely. Fundamentally this is four one-act plays set around a Los Angeles hotel and ranging from the semi-serious, (the Jane Fonda/Alan Alda one and the one with Maggie Smith and Michael Caine), to the farcical, (Walter Matthau and Elaine May and the one with Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor as a couple of doctors), and while the performances carry the serious…

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  • alec_dotty

    ★★★½ Added by alec_dotty

    the jane fonda bits are too dramatic, and the richard pryor (and bill cosby xD) bits too slapstick. walter matthau and maggie smith make the film work.

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  • robgordon

    ★★★ Added by robgordon

    En sus diferentes episodios, no conectados entre sí, puedes preferir los dramáticos o los cómicos. Los primeros son el mejor ejemplo del Neil Simon como excelente dialoguista, los segundos, deudores del slapstick. Yo me quedo con los segundos, sólo por el simple hecho de ver a Walter Matthau dar un recital gestual como marido que acaba de cometer una infidelidad y con el aciago fin de semana que pasan Richard Pryor y Bill Cosby, a pesar de que algunos de…

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  • Monica Pallotta

    ★★★½ Watched by Monica Pallotta 12 Jan, 2015

    throughout january, TCM showcased the voluminous work of neil simon. i watched this film as a double feature alongside simon's "plaza suite". both films were very similar in structure yet so diverse in terms of characters. in "california suite" we focus on
    an ageing oscar nominated actress (maggie smith who actually won an oscar for this role)
    an uptight mother (played by jane fonda) who comes to california to take her daughter back home from her ex,
    two doctors (played…

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  • Christina

    ★★½ Watched by Christina 26 Jan, 2015

    Movie with 4 interlocking stories with Maggie Smith in an Oscar winning role.

    Good: The individual stories are mostly interesting but the Alan Alda/Jane Fonda and Maggie Smith/Michael Caine appealed to me the most.
    Bad: Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby bickering was not fun to watch.
    Meh: Even though the individual piece worked, put together the movie was kinda dull.

    "We should never have come. I never know how to dress in this bloody country. It is so easy to dress in England. You just put on warm clothing."

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  • Ed Scheid

    ★★★ Rewatched by Ed Scheid 10 Jan, 2015

    A top cast adds to the appeal of this Neil Simon comedy. The best stories are the first 2. Jane Fonda and Alan Ada expertly parry each other's pointed comments about New York vs LA. Maggie Smith (Oscar-winner) as an Oscar nominee and Michael Caine as her bisexual husband are superb in a segment with more depth than usual Neil Simon. Walter Matthau and Elaine May are fun in a slight pieces about a man waking up to a hooker…

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  • Mike P

    ★★★ Watched by Mike P 11 Jan, 2015

    Charming as all get-out, and with cliche interactions and scenarios that are masterfully salvaged by a (mostly*) winning cast.


    * Yes, prepare to feel REAL weird about Cosby.

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  • Tom McHenry

    ★★★ Watched by Tom McHenry 10 Jan, 2015

    An attempt to do something like a more film-friendly Plaza Suite. Here there are more stories, more tones, and they're each intercut with each other. The heart is really in the Alan Alda/Jane Fonda section (even though Alda's still wholly Hawkeye Pierce here) and the Michael Caine/Maggie Smith section. There's a sincerity and a sadness to these parts that anchors the broader silliness of the other sections. Some of this same tone even leaks over into the how-do-I-hide-the-woman-in-my-bed shenanigans of…

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  • JoseIgnacioWert

    ★★★ Added by JoseIgnacioWert

    El dramaturgo Neil Simon escribió originalmente para el cine esta agradable comedia de episodios irremediablemente irregular. Los personajes están construidos con la calidad acostumbrada y el tiempo transcurre liviano.

    Nadie pondrá jamás en duda la calidad interpretativa de la excelente Maggie Smith, pero cabe preguntarse cuánto pesó en los académicos las ganas de hacer un guiño a que su personaje de actriz nominada al Óscar a la mejor actriz protagonista fuera recompensado con un Óscar a la mejor actriz secundaria.

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  • Gabriel Lewis

    ★★★ Added by Gabriel Lewis

    The Walter Matthau segment is downright hilarious. The Cosby/Pryor is mildly amusing. I don't care for the others.

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  • Signora Fosca

    ★★★ Watched by Signora Fosca 04 Jul, 2013

    THE GIST: Herbert Ross' adaptation of the play by Neil Simon is a laugh-riot double stuffed with an outstanding cast. The play, which is separated by 4 one-acts, is presented here with the vignettes intercutting while never actually intersecting. The film is structured in an odd way, with basically two of the sections taking over the first half and then the latter two filling in the second half. The first half of the film is sublime. One involved Jane Fonda…

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  • Goremaster

    ★★★½ Added by Goremaster

    Entertaining comedy with an excellent cast.

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