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      Peter's Friends

      R 1992 1h 40m Comedy LGBTQ+ List
      65% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 77% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings After inheriting a large country estate from his late father, Peter (Stephen Fry) invites his friends from college: married couple Roger (Hugh Laurie) and Mary (Imelda Staunton), the lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson), fashionable Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel) and writer Andrew (Kenneth Branagh), who brings his American TV star wife, Carol (Rita Rudner). Sarah's new boyfriend, Brian (Tony Slattery), also attends. It has been 10 years since college, and they find their lives are very different. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Neil Jillett The Age (Australia) There are some amusing scenes built around the splattering of smart gags, but this is a comedy that always finds bathos when it hunts for pathos, and seems powered by desperation rather than energy. Apr 13, 2022 Full Review Tom Ryan The Age (Australia) There are some funny lines In Peter's Friends, but the film amounts to little more than a collection of broadly drawn sketches In search of a structure. Rated: 0/3 Apr 13, 2022 Full Review David Ansen Newsweek The clever, facile Peter's Friends doesn't bear much scrutiny, and its attempts at pathos are more opportunistic than earned. Still, Branagh knows how to put on a lively show. May 25, 2018 Full Review Kat Halstead Common Sense Media There are funny moments, tender moments, and moments that don't quite gel. But the decades-long connection at the heart is tenderly played and anchors the surrounding chaos right through to the final scene. Rated: 3/5 Mar 15, 2023 Full Review Ed Whitfield The Ooh Tray What felt sincere and reassuring in 1992, seems indulgent and stilted today. Mar 29, 2020 Full Review Vanessa Letts The Spectator Anyone else who is going to require a bit of preparatory jollying up should probably avoid this production. Jul 25, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Blu B A Classic Dramedy. It's amazing given the fact we have so many characters that most of them do not blend in and are super memorable. Let alone the fact they are the best things in this and are written very interestingly. The dialouge is good and cynical, the humor is solid, and everyone has solid chemistry. The cinemaography is really well done. The long takes when they are all together have exceptional camerawork and the setting is really memorable. The music is also really well done. The editing and pacing are solid as well. This does jump around a bit with multiple subplots and some wrap up quicker than others. However, it's just so interesting to watch these characters interact and the dramedy unfold between them as they reconnect after so long. It defintely helps the direction is super strong because if these characters didn't pop or weren't as well acted this would take a big step down. This isn't for everyone though that being said. The humor can be a bit mean spirited and cynical for some and it's heavily character driven rather than plot driven. But anyone who likes darker comedies, dramedies, the director, or any actors in this should give this a try. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/24 Full Review PridePosterStudios Well at least Peter’s friends were better than Fox’s. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Test T Not bad, but I ended up thinking it wasn't my kind of movie. The trouble for me was that not much happened. The characters develop nicely, but to what end? It did keep my attention, but I don't know why. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/02/23 Full Review Steve D It changes tones freely and so effortlessly you hardly notice. Extremally well done. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Depressing! Not a "Big Chill" movie Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A film to watch and remember your own friends before they grew into their grown-up lives! Often scorned because it is set amongst the non-poor - the characters will remind you of someone tou knew. It's a script firmly set in the times it displays - the eighties. Glittering dreams of love have gone sour and for Emma Thomson's character, even flown away forever. However, stay for the witty Rita Rudner's point of view of the mess our lives become without much effort. She wrote with her husband, and they merely had to look around for wealthy not-so-young things and copy down their lives, stick them in a lovely English manor and wait. Their problems are serious yet deftly layered with Kenneth Brannaugh's light directional touch. It has the rollicking pace of the more innocent wealth-fest Four Weddings and a Funeral - you'll expect Hugh Grant to appear in his bow tie. But it swoops into the sadness of Love Actually in a mere moment. It's a story of friends well told. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After inheriting a large country estate from his late father, Peter (Stephen Fry) invites his friends from college: married couple Roger (Hugh Laurie) and Mary (Imelda Staunton), the lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson), fashionable Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel) and writer Andrew (Kenneth Branagh), who brings his American TV star wife, Carol (Rita Rudner). Sarah's new boyfriend, Brian (Tony Slattery), also attends. It has been 10 years since college, and they find their lives are very different.
      Director
      Kenneth Branagh
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.1M
      Runtime
      1h 40m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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