The Goodbye Girl

The Goodbye Girl
The Goodbye Girl
  • PG
  • 1h 50m
  • 1977
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Richard Dreyfuss delivers an Academy Award-winning performance as romance blooms between two complete opposites forced to share an apartment in New York. Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss) has just arrived in Manhattan to take the acting role of his life--Richard III in an off-off-Broadway production. Ex-chorus girl Paula McFadden has just been dumped again. This time her ex has abandoned her, sublet their apartment--to Garfield--and left Paula and her nine-year-old daughter without a job or a place to live. Garfield legally has claim to the apartment, but he can't throw a mother and daughter out. So, despite Garfield's habits of chanting, burning incense and walking about naked, the threesome forms a home.
© 1977 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Renee Schonfeld

Delightful Neil Simon modern-day fairy tale has swearing.

June 25, 2017
Emanuel Levy

Stagey, literal, and sentimental, this romantic film is mediocre in every respect, writing by Neil...

June 22, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

Broadway-like funny romantic comedy sitcom about struggling Manhattan actors, that has its awkward...

June 22, 2017
Cole Smithey

June 21, 2017
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Delightful Neil Simon modern-day fairy tale has swearing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Goodbye Girl is a warm-hearted romantic comedy with an Academy Award-winning performance by Richard Dreyfuss. A struggling actor and a single mom with a precocious daughter are forced by circumstances to share an apartment. First angry sparks fly, and then, happily and predictably, bells ring and love is in the air. There's lots of swearing ("hell," "Christ," "s--t," "bastard," "crap," "goddamn"), occasional sexual bantering, some kissing, and partial nudity in a strip bar. Additionally, a lead character is drunk in one scene. There are two dated gender issues in this 1977 film: a woman desperate to be taken care of by a man, and a subplot in which Dreyfuss' character is asked, to his dismay, to play the lead role in Shakespeare's Richard III as a gay stereotype. That story element, meant as all-out humor, includes two insulting epithets ("fruit fly" and "pansy"), a reference to the actor's concern about the "gay liberation" movement, and an excerpt from the actor's astonishing performance. This funny movie may well inspire some discussion of a changing culture.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 30, 1977
  • Highest Available for Purchase:SD

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