With Friends Like These
With Friends Like These (1998)

Life among insecure, middle-aged character actors, former New Yorkers in L.A., is the main plot focus of this Philip Frank Messina comedy about four friends who want the same role in the next Martin Scorsese gangster flick. Balding Johnny… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The incessant betrayals and confidences become monotonous after a time, and the film sinks into the familiar swamp of suburban futility.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

At its best, Philip Frank Messina's show business comedy plays like a less acerbic, less Jewish triple episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Writer-director Phillip F. Messina's insider comedy about Hollywood almost-rans gives off an air of clammy desperation that feels all too authentic without being especially funny and bogs down early in repetitive shtick.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The movie works as well as it does because the cast knows the material so intimately.

Peter L'Official
Village Voice

Plot and characterization are drawn strictly off the rack.

Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

An accomplished farce populated by sly and knowing comedic performances.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Only sporadically amusing.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The question of why this film is being re-released is superseded by the question of who would want to watch it.

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