Peter's Friends details
|Starring:||Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Fry|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Nov 2001|
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Peter's FriendsBy a customer from London, England , 20 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Very accurate take on the relationships that bind friends and lovers in their early 30s. I identified with it. But it was weepier than I expected so have the tissues ready. Poor performance from Brannagh (as always) and Slattery was weak, but the rest of the cast, Thompson, Laurie and Fry in particular, more than compensated for this.
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Worth re-visiting if you've been here beforeBy ash53 (53 reviews) from newbury , 05 Dec 2011When this first came out the impression was a bit of ' oh look at clever us'. With all those Footlights people and Emma Thompsons mum, who needs a casting agent? But watch again, back through the time tunnel of a some incredible careers on the back of tremendous achievements and you see the film for what it is, perhaps what it always was; a cast of immense talent filming a script of amazing quality.
The movie accurately portrays what life long friendships are like in your 30's. People have moved at different rates. Lives have other priorities. You don't always understand where people have ended up or why. And yet... and yet underneath all that change so much remains the same.
Well directed, brilliantly acted, wickedly funny, desperately sad - and all on one DVD.
Perfect Peter's FriendsBy RevStan (1 review) from London , 04 Jun 2011Peter's Friends is a classic. Funny and poignant. I always laugh and cry, what more could you want from a film.
Patience is a VirtueBy Burnhamite (407 reviews) from BURNHAM , 11 Sep 2010The first ten minutes of this movie is pretty dire, making the temptation to 'turn off' the only alternative. However, those with patience will be rewarded as really good story with a tremendous climax emerges. All the performers play vital parts but a brickbat is due for the Director/Producer, Kenneth Branagh, who has totally ignored the needs of those with impaired hearing. SURELY THE INCLUSION OF SUB-TITLES WOULD NOT HAVE COST THE EARTH ! Had they been included this critic would have awarded another star,
Better suited for the stageBy a customer from Oxford , 23 Aug 2010Was really looking forward to this film with such a good 'Brit' cast, but was hugely disappointed. It was too 'luvvy' for me and I felt it just didn't work on film. Would be better suited to a West End stage.
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'I want to be The Big Chill when I grow up!'By Claire Neeson from CAMBRIDGE , 05 Jul 2010Yes, this film YEARNS to be The Big Chill - its basically that film re-written to accommodate Kenny Branagh and his chums. The old chestnut - old college mates meet up and re-assess their lives, wonder where all that youthful idealism went, blah, blah, zzzzz....Now, The Big Chill did it with humour, intelligence, sympathy, charisma. Peter's Friends does it by having people fall out then immediately make up, have unlikely sex and react to one big revelation at the end. The Big Chill basically pees on Peter's Friends. By the end of the film you kind of hate every single one of the characters - they're so twee and self-obsessed. Kind of like a Richard Curtis film-in-embryo. Note - Kenny Branagh didn't really write anything else after this...