Caren Weiner Campbell
August 20, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Friends and Lovers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Stephen Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., George Newbern, Claudia Schiffer, Alison Eastwood, Jamie Luner, Ann Magnuson
director
George Haas

We gave it a B-

If you like Friends, you may well like Friends and Lovers. An indie with all the originality of a sitcom, this romantic comedy (which hit theaters in April and disappeared faster than a keg-party fling) features a cluster of twentysomething pals who go away for a ski weekend and find themselves falling into one another’s beds. First-time director George Haas gives us by-the-numbers plotting and two-dimensional characters, but the action floats along innocuously (except for costar Neill Barry’s much- remarked-upon full-frontal nudity); and occasionally, thanks to Hans the German ski instructor (a deliriously nutty Downey Jr.), it even achieves a goofy charm. If you’re looking for an easy-to-digest video rental, consider it Could-See TV.

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