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Goodbye Girl, The

Director:  Herbert Ross
Year Released:  1977
Rating:  2.0

Neil Simon didn't like to look past one of the basic ideas for developing conflict in a story: place two people in the same room that don't see eye-to-eye; have them converse. No, this isn't The Odd Couple, although the story of actor-playing-actor Richard Dreyfuss forced to live in the same apartment as Marsha Mason is a little too cutey-patootie for its own good; the jokes sag because the two performers are trying to outperform each other - Dreyfuss hangs out windows, yells, bounces around, Mason cries and whines and complains to her all-knowing, all-seeing daughter. The dramatic ups and downs are plentiful - they pop up in rapid-fire succession - and become equally as tiring.

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