Harold and I recently watched “The Goodbye Girl” on Netflix starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason.
I forgot how much I enjoyed Richard Dreyfuss in films. Remember, he played a teenager in “American Graffiti”, an oceanographer in “Jaws”, and a mid-western electrical lineman in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. Of course, that is only three of the many, many films he made. I forgot about “The Goodbye Girl”, for which he won an Oscar at the age of 30.
“The Goodbye Girl”, a comedy-drama film, was made in 1977. That was an important year in my life. My first child was born, and we probably didn’t get to go to many movies that year.
Here’s a little of the story line. Dreyfuss plays a struggling actor who sublets a New York apartment from a friend. Problem is, his friend is a real Dick, because he skips town and dumps his dancer girlfriend played by Mason. Unaware that she has been dumped, she is still living in the apartment with her young precocious daughter.
Dreyfuss finds himself with no place to stay and a woman living in his sublet apartment.
Neil Simon always could come up with the best screenplays.
Harold and I both loved the movie. Neither one of us could remember seeing the film, though we thought we both had. After watching, though, we are not sure. Almost forty years is a long time.
You will love the chemistry between Dreyfuss and Mason. The one-liners are great. We laughed and laughed.
The movie was also nominated that year for best picture. Here is one of my favorite scenes.
Check it out, and please let me know what you think.