Chapter Two (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.  

Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is one of his warmest and most enjoyable works. James Caan plays a writer (based on Simon) whose loss of his beloved wife has put him in a creative slump that also extends to his personal life. Returning from a trip where he revisited the places he and his wife vacationed, Caan’s anxious brother () encourages him to start dating again and gives him the phone number of a fresh-faced, fully effervescent woman (Marsha Mason, who is the second Mrs. Simon in real life) in the hopes that they will get together. The two of them hit it off without a snag until Caan’s melancholy feelings about his first wife get in the way of what should be a perfect relationship. Terrific dialogue and sparkling performances (mustn’t forget ‘s wonderful turn as Mason’s best friend) make for a more than satisfying romantic drama with plenty of surprises.

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