California Suite (1978)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1978.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1978Golden Globe Awards 1978New York Film Critics Awards 1978.  

A collection of Neil Simon characters are gathered into one hotel for a multihued look at life in the world of Beverly Hills wealth. Jane Fonda has come from to New York to meet with her ex-husband (Alan Alda), ,  and their wives have to share a room thanks to clerical error, and Walter Matthau is waiting for his wife to arrive the next day but doesn’t know what to do about the hooker in his hotel room. The best of these segments involves a brilliant Maggie Smith as a British actress who has come to Hollywood to attend the Academy Awards as a nominee with her husband (Michael Caine). It’s full of Simon’s trademark smug humour, but the appealing characters and all-star cast will keep you amused long enough.

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