The Goodbye Girl PG

Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again.
The Goodbye Girl
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Audio:
    • English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Cinematography by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1977 - Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 18


User Ratings: 7,462
Rating: C+ -- Stagey, literal, and sentimental, this romantic film is mediocre in every respect, writing by Neil Simon, direction by Herbert Ross. Full Review
Mar 10, 2011
...[Ross] is a man of wit and humane concerns....[Dreyfuss and Mason] are enthusiastic farceurs...
New York Times
Dec 1, 1977
Rating: 1/5 -- Emblematic of the underside of 70s American film.
F5 (Wichita, KS)
Jul 4, 2004
The Goodbye Girl is a sentimental comedy that is saved by the indisputable charm of its actors and the quiet efficiency of its mise-en-scène. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Jul 30, 2019
The Goodbye Girl remains a bit too mechanically predictable to be a complete success. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Nov 1, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- Dreyfuss' Oscar-winning performance and the chemistry between him and Mason, plus Neil Simon script make this an entertaining watch.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Aug 30, 2002
Rating: B- -- Broadway-like funny romantic comedy sitcom about struggling Manhattan actors, that has its awkward moments. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 25, 2010

Product Description:

Neil Simon's touching romantic comedy tells the story of a divorced ex-dancer (Marsha Norman), with a small daughter (Quinn Cummings) to support, who must start her life anew when her latest lover abandons her to pursue his career. Further complicating her life is the arrival of an egotistical actor (Richard Dreyfuss) who sublet her Manhattan apartment from her wayward boyfriend. Despite their initial hostility, this unlikely pair discovers romance as they help each other cope with the hardships of life in the big city.

Plot Synopsis:

Neil Simon's romantic comedy is a funny and heartwarming tale of a divorcée, Paula (Marsha Mason), whose latest actor boyfriend abandons her and her precocious daughter (Quinn Cummings, in a breakthrough performance) and sublets their New York apartment out from under them. When Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss), an egotistical actor from Chicago, shows up in the middle of the night to stay in his new place, the strangers are forced to live in the same apartment. Struggling for work, ex-dancer Paula must learn to live with the actor and his bizarre and eccentric ways. Elliot's New York theatrical debut turns out to be disastrous, featuring a brilliant behind-the-scenes look at the New York off-off-Broadway theater scene, including a hilarious and painful rendition of RICHARD THE THIRD. Meanwhile, Paula endures embarrassing auditions and fights to get back into dancing shape. Despite their initial hostility, Paula and Elliot soon learn to rely on one another as they struggle to make it in New York. Herb Ross films Neil Simon's funny character study with a light touch, filled with memorable scenes and performances.


Production Notes:

  • The film features the song "Goodbye Girl" by David Gates.
  • "You were never four-and-a-half, you were born 26."--Paula (Marsha Mason) to Lucy (Quinn Cummings)
  • "I thought you said you were decent!"--Paula
    "I am decent; I also happen to be naked."--Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss)
  • "Ask an actor a question, and he gives you his credits."--Paula
  • "What is it about you that makes a man with a hundred forty-seven I.Q. feel like an idiot'"--Elliot

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  • UPC: 883929155392
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