Just Between Friends Movie Review Summary

Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Christine Lahti, Ted Danson, Sam Waterston

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Strait-laced Holly Davis (Mary Tyler Moore) is a devoted wife and mother. Happily married to Chip (Ted Danson), a successful earthquake seismologist, dainty and demure Holly seems to have the perfect life.
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In her spare time, Holly enjoys her daily aerobic class. Possessing unique aerobic talents, harried and sloppy fitness instructor Helga calls on Holly one night to teach a class. After the class, Holly meets the outrageously foul-mouthed Sandy Dunlap (Christine Lahti), who is desperately searching the grubby locker room for a clean, dry towel. Disgusted by Helga's lack of German efficiency, Sandy suggests that she and Holly go out for a bite to eat. Even though she should get home to Chip and the kids, Holly reluctantly accepts. Over ice cream cones, Holly and Sandy share bits and pieces about their lives. Holly learns that Sandy is an unmarried television journalist who is involved in an unsatisfying relationship. Taken with bawdy, chain-smoking Sandy (and her shocking pink sneakers), Holly invites her to dinner for later in the week.

Holly goes home to tell Chip about her unusual evening while Sandy has a telephone conversation with her man, upset that they cannot spend more time together. The camera begins to focus on a photograph tacked on Sandy's bedroom mirror … a photo of her and Holly's husband, Chip.

Sandy arrives at Holly's house few nights later, armed with a box of pink sneakers just for Holly. After Holly introduces Sandy to her children, Jeff and Kim, the teens tell Sandy that she looks familiar. “Aren't you that reporter who interviewed our dad on TV?” Intrigued, Sandy asks for more information. When Holly tells her Chip's real name and what exactly Sandy interviewed him about, Sandy feels faint. As she rounds a corner and spies a family portrait hung on the wall, Sandy realizes that she is having an affair with Holly's husband. Holly's dinner party does not go well, with Sandy and Chip acting nervous and edgy. Most tense of all is Chip's friend and partner Harry (Sam Waterston), who knows about the sordid affair. Sandy ends it with Chip a few days later; she likes Holly far too much.

After Chip's untimely death a few weeks later, a heartbroken Sandy still chooses not tell Holly about the affair. In fact, the two friends soon embark on a joint business venture together, revamping Helga's grimy gym. When Holly finally gets around to cleaning out Chip's office, she unearths a treasure trove of his betrayals and lies, including a greeting card with Sandy's picture enclosed. Holly angrily confronts Sandy, who begs forgiveness and pleads she ended the affair as soon as she learned about Holly. “You're not my friend!” Holly screams at Sandy. After Sandy admits that she is pregnant with Chip's baby, a shocked and horrified Holly must decide if their friendship is worth saving.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tara Dugan

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, struggling with    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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