Cinema: Five Friends

DINER Directed and Written by Barry Levinson

Boys and girls together? Not in Baltimore, not in the late '50s. The two sexes were different species then, speaking different languages, eyeing each other warily through a chain-link fence of chromosomes. For guys, girls were the ideal, the adversary, the enigma. Who knows what they want? Marriage, maybe, but not sex. This made courtship a frustrating series of skirmishes that could end only in conquest or stalemate, never détente. Who knows how to talk to them? A young man's sensible priorities— pro football, rhythm and...

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