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    I think this movie is freakin’ underrated. One win out of three Oscar nominations is way too sad.

    Maggie Smith’s performance is gold – ironic, sad, emotional and beautiful. She deserved the Oscar for sure.

    I’m sad not to see more nominated performances as the cast itself was the real spot on – Michael Caine and Alan Alda in Supporting and also Jane Fonda in Lead/Supporting would also be deserving.

    Do you think Fonda would’ve make the cut for her performance if there wasn’t “Coming Home”?

    What do you think of this movie? How many Oscar nominations did it deserve?

    In my opinion it was deserving of two Oscars and five more nominations.

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    Supporting Actor for Alan Alda
    Supporting Actor for Michael Caine
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    Supporting Actress for Maggie Smith (winner)
    Adapted Screenplay (winner)
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    Indonesian
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    #160274

    such an underrated gem! at first i saw it just to see Maggie Smith of course, but then turned out it was so funny and sometimes weirdly sad, but also ironic

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    There are parts of the movie that I really like, and some that don’t quite gel for me. Smith and Caine’s scenes are really touching, as are the ones between Alda and Fonda. The Cosby/Pryor scenes had me bored, I have to admit. The sections where they’re breaking things in the apartment felt too overplayed. Watching them, I just couldn’t help but think how much funnier it probably was on stage. I don’t remember too much about what I thought of Matthau. Elaine May had some pretty great reactions, though. 

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    Anonymous
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    There are parts of the movie that I really like, and some that don’t quite gel for me. Smith and Caine’s scenes are really touching, as are the ones between Alda and Fonda. The Cosby/Pryor scenes had me bored, I have to admit. The sections where they’re breaking things in the apartment felt too overplayed. Watching them, I just couldn’t help but think how much funnier it probably was on stage. I don’t remember too much about what I thought of Matthau. Elaine May had some pretty great reactions, though. 

    Agreed with every single word. Also I wasn’t pleased with the screentime stuff. That was the only thing I didn’t like – the scenes and the actor’s screentime were all over the place.

    Loved Elaine May too!

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    babypook
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    A gem from Neil Simon! Maggie Smith alone is worth the watch.

    The film’s in tough that year. Really tough. My favorite film of al time managed one Oscar. So many other accolades elsewhere.

    Three nominations are pretty stingy with set decoration, writing and Dame Smith.  BP and BD noms would have been fine, seeing as how Heaven Can Wait and Midnight Express were in the lineup….not that they werent memorable films but really.

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    I haven’t seen it for a long time, but I do remember that Maggie Smith was amazing, and Walter Matthau was spectacular

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    Eddy Q
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    #160279

    Maggie Smith and Michael Caine’s scenes were satiric gold; the rest, meh. Neil Simon’s dialogue for Jane Fonda and Alan Alda is so cluttered with oh-so-witty one-liners and comebacks, the two characters virtually cancel each other out. And the more slapstick segments are badly dated.

    Smith deserved her Oscar, Caine deserved a nom. If the rest of the movie were up to the level of these actors’ scenes, Simon would’ve deserved to win Adapted Screenplay.

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    Laactingnyc
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    I liked it.

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    Emmys2011
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    Some stories are fun, others boring and tedious. Weird movie. I don´t think Smith deserved an oscar for this, maybe for the movie she was up for in the film, but not this…Fonda was really good.

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    circa 1993
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    Maggie Smith’s win is one of my favorites. She was such a fabulous diva in that film.

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    Some stories are fun, others boring and tedious. Weird movie. I don´t think Smith deserved an oscar for this, maybe for the movie she was up for in the film, but not this…Fonda was really good.

    I consider her victory as one of the greatest in the History of the Academy Awards.

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