A delightful little tale intersecting the lives of three couples in New York. We start with a couple of ex-hippies, Stockard Channing and Beau Bridges, and their two sons (Jimmy Shea, Nathaniel Moreau), living paycheck to paycheck in a cramped apartment. She works for a publishing firm, he works for the welfare department. Their life is mundanely comfortable', having been married for years, they have become used to each other'.
Couple two would be up and coming investment banker Robert Sean Leonard and his wife, Mary Stuart Masterson, a child psychologist. A cute little couple from Iowa, transferred to the big city and big city ways. It appears Leonard, a newly promoted VP at the firm and Masterson, with a new job at a private school, are living the charmed life and they are totally in love.
Finally, couple three - successful toy maker Ron Silver and savvy businesswoman Cybill Shepherd. Silver, freshly divorced from, as Shepherd calls her maddog' (Diane D-Aquaila), shares custody of his daughter Lucy (Donna Vivino), a student at the private school that Masterson works at and Channing's boys attend.
A nice little triangle of friends?
It is time for the yearly stage production at the school so the families' are in charge of the decorations. Previously total strangers, suddenly their lives become entangled as they visit each others homes for meetings, become involved in each families trials and tribulations. When Leonard is accused (and fired) of an illegal investment scam the other two couples come to his aid. Channing hooks him up with an attorney friend (Don Franks) who states "If you were smart enough to pull this scheme off, you would have been smart enough to find a better attorney".
Finding the pressures building, all three couples marriages appear to dissolve - Shepherd leaves Silver, Masterson and Leonard threaten divorce and Channing and Bridges blow up. There is an interesting role reversal scene, while Silver is moving out, where the men are stuck in the apartment talking about their lonely lives while the ladies are out on the town having a ball.
This had all the possibilities of being an outstanding flick. The premise is wonderful - melting these three totally different lives together and forming a solid relationship. Unfortunately I felt either the director, Arthur Hiller, or the writer, Janet Kovalcik, failed to give these people any meat on their bones. Everything was so irritatingly predictable
The actors, however, did an outstanding job with the tools given them. Shepherd is hard, nasty, successful and has a biting tongue. Silver is his usual character - both angry and soft. Masterson is cute as can be and really seems to have a good time with her role. Channing and Bridges give their standard in depth portrayals.
Despite the downfalls of the predictable story line, it was an engaging movie and one I wouldn't mind watching again. And yes, SusiDee broke out a hanky at the end of the movie. Couldn't help it, the look on Ron Silver's face took me down :)
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When three married couples come together to plan a children's pageant they learn more about themselves, adulthood, marriage and what it takes to stay together. Together they face their regrets and count their blessings in this humorous look at commitment.