California Suite
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Playwright Neil Simon turned to the hotel setting he used so successfully in his stage-play (later a movie) Plaza Suite to explore four more human dramas in his play California Suite, which was adapted into this quite successful movie. In the first episode, the divorced couple of Bill and Hannah Warren (Alan Alda and Jane Fonda) have rented a suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel in order to have a discussion about who will get the custody of their child. In the next episode, Sidney Cochran and Diana Barrie (Michael Caine and Maggie Smith) are a hilarious pair of Hollywood stars who have rented… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Less than successful, veering from poignant emotionalism to broad slapstick in sudden shifts."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The West Coast version of Plaza Suite."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dire: good actors playing the worst versions of one-dimensional Neil Simon joke machines."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"California Suite offers audiences a fine blend of laughter and variety which is the spice of good comic cinema."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Means middle-class angst covered with a thin veneer of snappy one-liners and presented in the most anonymous directorial style imaginable."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An all-star bitch fest, slickly served."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"sharp script and acting"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Middle-level Simon, bright lines, brightly delivered, but too theatrical."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Quick and varied comedy, highly suited to Neil Simon's machine-gun gag-writing."
‑ , Time Out
"For one of the acts in Neil Simon's stale anthology, Maggie Smith won a Supporting Oscar for playing a hard-drinking actress who complains to her bisexual husband (Michael Caine) that "Acting doesn't win Oscars. What I need is a dying father.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Offensive, stupid, and embarrassing."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"All-star Neil Simon adaptation houses enough laughs to warrant a visit."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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