Peter's Friends Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Rita Rudner

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Seven friends who belonged to an acting troupe at Cambridge University and graduated in 1982 have gone their separate ways. When Peter's father dies and he inherits a huge estate, he invites his former classmates together for the New Year's holiday. Their lives have all changed, but Peter has the most shocking secret of all. This 1992 film, directed by Branagh and written by Rudner (reportedly in a five-day first draft) with her husband Martin Bergmann, is a sort of upper-class British "Big Chill" -- warm, homey, overly dramatic but not particularly dark or deep. Laurie and Imelda Staunton play a couple devastated by the recent death of a child, Thompson's character is hungry to land a man, and Branagh is having marital problems with his American wife (Rudner), who has a show called "Who's in the Kitchen." Thompson's real-life mother Phyllida Law does a nice turn as the housekeeper, Vera. Songs by Queen, Clapton, the Pretenders, and Springsteen chug goodnaturedly on the soundtrack. You might find this charming and moving, or merely pleasant.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Lover is...    -   totally uninterested

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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