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Peter’s Friends by Thomas
September 1, 2014, 7:53 pm
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Stephen Fry is an amiable fop who invites his old university drama club friends for a little New Years Eve get together at the ole country estate.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the movie gathers a generation of stars — Branagh, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, etc. — for a kind of 90’s British Big Chill.  (Actually more than a generation, since the older lady who plays the maid is actually Emma Thompson’s mother! Fun fact.)

In The Big Chill, we get a somber tone at the start, followed by a gradual uptick of humor and period music and bittersweet sentimentality as you get to know the ensemble.  Peter’s Friends, on the other hand, tries to force the mirth with 80’s music, dudes in drag, a comically annoying American, and sex romp type scenarios — before you actually care about the characters.  When they finally reveal their devastating burdens in Act II or III, you hardly get time to process any of it.  Despite this and other screenwriting issues, the movie does have its highlights including several Hugh Laurie musical numbers. If you love ensemble comedies about the perils of adulthood, this is worth checking out.  Otherwise, just watchable.  

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Peter’s Friends

 

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