Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1978. Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films. Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by David M. Walsh. Produced by Ray Stark. Music by Claude Bolling. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Patricia Norris. Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson. Academy Awards 1978. Golden Globe 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), Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor 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.