Cinema: Mixed Doubles


Directed by Herbert Ross

Screenplay by Neil Simon

To call California Suite uneven doesn't really begin to describe the movie's split personality. This latest Neil Simon-Herbert Ross collaboration is by turns silly and thoughtful, tedious and charming, broad and delicate. It contains some of Simon's best writing as well as his worst: childish jokes about vomiting coexist with wise statements about the art of marriage. So mixed are the returns on California Suite that, if it were an election, one would insist on a recount.

The movie is an adaptation of Simon's Broadway hit, a collection of four one-act plays set...

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