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

Friends and Lovers

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