The Goodbye Girl Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict

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If any actor was born to dominate this Neil Simon repartee, it would be Richard Dreyfuss, whose 1977 Best Actor Oscar documents that skill. Eliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), an out-of-work New York actor sublets a friend's flat, only to find it already occupied by Paula McFadden (Mason), a single mom and her ten-year old daughter (Cummings). Since each is a legal tenant, they must share the flat and try to adapt to each other's “rules,” particularly Mason's. But, and perhaps the film's finest moment is Dreyfuss' assertive monologue of his habits which include mantras “in the nude,” midnight guitar and wide-open windows. As each seeks a show-biz break, and the child softens the domestic tensions, it is not long before this mismatched pair learns they have many things in common and that some actors can be true gentlemen, despite Quinn's premature warning that, “Mom, this one's going to Seattle.”
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   daughter

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   play

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