Peter's Friends PETER'S FRIENDS Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson (1992, HBO, R, $92.99) Schematic and forced, director Branagh's British Big Chill brings together a few old friends at…
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PETER'S FRIENDS

MPAA Rating: R

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson

PETER'S FRIENDS Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson (1992, HBO, R, $92.99) Schematic and forced, director Branagh's British Big Chill brings together a few old friends at an English country house for a few days of revelations and unhappiness-and few surprises. Branagh plays a sell-out writer who has married an airhead TV star (Rita Rudner), and Thompson is a frumpy publishing type determined to make an honest man of the host, Peter (Stephen Fry), who drops a whopper on New Year's Eve. Add a warring couple and a romance addict and her married boyfriend and what you have is an estate of fools. The film's Hollywood mentality is the very kind it pretends to satirize. C- -Lawrence O'Toole

Originally posted Jul 09, 1993 Published in issue #178 Jul 09, 1993 Order article reprints
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