California Suite

A disappointing Neil Simon flick with a star-studded cast. The acting is good, but the jokes in it are not funny. It's comprised of four stories that don't coincide. Here's the run-down: the one with Bill Crosby and Richard Pryor, two bickering doctors whose violence toward each other result in the injuring of their wives, is unfunny. The one with Jane Fonda and Alan Alda who play an ex-couple that argue over the custody of their 17 year old daughter, is dull. The one with Walter Matthau, whose wife caught a hooker in his hotel bed, is dumb. The last and the best one, which isn't saying much, is the one with Maggie Smith, a prominent actress who loses at the academy awards, takes it out on her hubby, Michael Caine. Which is ironic because, in real life, Smith won an Oscar for her performance in this film. I suggest that you skip this one unless you love Neil Simon scripts.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Richard Pryor, Bill Crosby, Gloria Gifford, Shelia Frazier, Herb Edelman, Denise Galik

Directed by:

Herbert Ross


1978 comedy

Rated PG.


Don Ignacio's score: C-

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