Only When I Laugh [VHS] [Import]
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Marsha Mason deserved the Oscar that year....her BRILLIANCE just shines!
2017年3月26日 - (Amazon.com)
I have a special place in my heart for Neil Simon. He always wrote such wonderful, witty, snappy, fast-paced dialogue. Marsha Mason was always a natural at delivering his words to the screen. She was never better than she is in "Only When I Laugh." This time around Simon delivered a piece that was more on the dramatic, somber side. His signature one liners are on full display, but the subject matter dealing with alcoholism brings a certain maturity level to his writing. I have always loved the film versions of his plays, but "Only When I Laugh" has always stuck in my mind as one of his best...and Marsha Mason delivers an incredibly powerful, tragic yet humorous portrayal to her character Georgia. I find that all the characters have insecurities in their lives and are all frightened of rejection in some form. Each of them have "crutches" that help them get through. James Coco has his eating/weight issues, Joan Hackett has her dependence on make-up and expensive clothes to help her hang onto her youth and aging beauty, Georgia's daughter (played by Kristy McNichol) just wants her mother in her life has a hidden anger towards her mother, Marsha Mason has cigarettes and liquor. All the actors are first-rate with their performances, but Mason steals the show. Every scene she is in, every word she speaks, every movement of her body, every emotion on her face, all feel real. She gives a towering performance that hits all the right notes. She makes you love her one minute and then turns around and makes you hate her and get angry. But she makes sure you never lose empathy with the character. You become her cheerleader, wanting her to succeed with her choices. She falls down quite a bit throughout the film, but always manages to get back up and keep moving forward with her life and her recovery from alcohol dependence. I saw this film in the movie theater with my mother when it first opened in 1981. We both loved it...and now many years later I have viewed the film numerous times and I am always moved. Touched with laughter and tears. How great to revisit a Neil Simon film that is character driven, with smart dialogue and performances of quality. These kind of films are too rare these days. We must cherish them...
Only When I Laugh
2017年3月10日 - (Amazon.com)
If you loved Marsha Mason in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl then don't miss Only When I Laugh! This is also a must see for Kristy McNichol fans! Joan Hackett won a must deserved Golden Globe for her performance in this film and James Coco deservedly received an Oscar Nomination. This movie is about friendships in NYC and parent/child relationships where parent and child switch roles in a way. Also about exes who are an actress and a playwright. And, non heavy-handed story of alcoholism! Highly recommend and thank goodness after years of waiting this is finally on DVD!
Wonderful film, great performances!
2016年6月29日 - (Amazon.com)
This is one of my favorite films!! I watched this probably 30 times in my adolescence when it played practically on a loop on HBO right after its release. After 20 plus years without seeing it, I just watched it again, and it is as good as ever. This is Marsha Mason's finest Neil Simon project (in my view), and Kristy McNichol is just wonderful. As an adult, I was able to appreciate the alcoholism angle much more, and Marsha Mason just nails it as the post rehab alcoholic trying to survive day to day. There is not a false note here by her. I felt she deserved the Oscar that year. The film makes me miss seeing Kristy McNicol, she was such a natural. The scene where the college boys mistake them for sisters still.stands alone.
KRISTY MCNICHOL, A CHERISHED ACTRESS FOR ALL TIME!
2017年8月10日 - (Amazon.com)
Kristy McNichol, the most versatile & multi-talented actress, costars with the magnificent Marsha Mason in this tender, funny & tear jerking drama. The late Joan Hackett (from the suspense thriller Five Desperate Woman) seasons this drama with gut popping humor. Kristy first garnered attention from her three After School Specials in the 1970's continuing to stretch into all facets of entertainment like recording a disco/pop LP with her brother Jimmy as well as a the shocking TV drama Blinded By The Light about dangerous cults which was way ahead of its time for content. One of her latest films is the cult horror classic The Forgotten One (with Terry O'Quinn from The X-Files, Harsh Realm & Millenium Series) proving she can excel in all genres. Since Kristy's departure from acting in the early 90's this film is now a cherish gem for Kristy McNichol fans!
This is one of my all time favorite movies with a brilliant cast
2017年8月11日 - (Amazon.com)
This is one of my all time favorite movies with a brilliant cast. I carried around a VHS copy for many years waiting for a DVD to finally come out. It's dated but it's Neil Simon and the writing is beyond superb. It's a simple movie with an important message and after finally being able to see it again, I loved it as much as the first time and will always treasure this film.