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Romantic Comedy (1983)



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Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen are cast as a successful playwright team who are involved in a roller-coaster romantic relationship over their collaborative years. Meanwhile they each carry on their own individual marriages. Adapted from a play by Bernard Slade.

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Dudley Moore
as Jason Carmichael
Robyn Douglass
as Kate Mallory
Mary Steenburgen
as Phoebe Craddock
Frances Sternhagen
as Blanche Dailey
Janet Eilber
as Allison St. James
Ron Leibman
as Leo Janowitz
Erica Hiller
as Young Woman
Dick Wieand
as TV Reporter
Brass Adams
as Bartender
Steve Roberts
as Maitre d'
Tom Kubiak
as Passerby
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Critic Reviews for Romantic Comedy

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

As you watch this picture, the earth doesn't move. It doesn't even rumble. But Romantic Comedy, in its own bumbling way, scores a few laughs.

August 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Slade's touch is a little lighter than Neil Simon's, and there are enough little surprises in the plot to keep it from being repetitive or dull.

August 3, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Imagine, if you can, that somebody has spliced together the out-takes from the worst Neil Simon movies.

August 3, 2021 | Full Review…

There are more laugh-out-loud jokes in "Romantic Comedy" than in any other movie in ages. This one picture comes close to filling the laughter quotient for all of 1983.

August 3, 2021 | Full Review…

The movie has a few perky, funny moments, but Slade is determined to stretch things out until one no longer cares what happens to his star-crossed lovers.

August 3, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The story moves slowly toward situations that are telegraphed loudly and frequently, as if Slade feared he was writing for an audience of Martians.

August 3, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Romantic Comedy


An uncomfortable, slow, and picky film; Dudley Moore tries to copy his success of Arthur with yet another movie songed romantic comedy, except instead of being a lovable drunk with a moral quandary he's an unlikable shrew. In comparison to his character is Mary Steenburgen, possibly the sweetest looking and sounding woman on the face of the earth. Moore's character is the only one who is truly fleshed out, and his is the one who is unlikable and seedy. Steenburgen is flighty and weak, supposedly a strong woman against Moore's bombastic curmudgeon. Instead they are both simply irritating and lank. They star as writing partners who go through years of family drama, insubordination, temper tantrums, and their own set of longwinded, nothing fights over irrelevant issues. Basically the film is about them not being together, but wanting to be together, but they fight and run away, acting like children with distorting psychological problems. Their antics are not entertaining, the characters are flat and petulant, and none of this is funny, per the title. The film even features a theme song from the same composer of Arthur, so it's obvious they were trying to make an unofficial sequel to the massive success and Oscar nominated fame of his first film. Moore is not a leading man, and cannot carry a film while playing a Hollywood fake. He is too crude and strange for that and should have relegated himself to outlandish performances with heart. Really there's nothing to this film, not even the guilty pleasure factor that comes from romantic comedies.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Badly directed, badly written, and badly acted, and not in a good way, I had to force myself to watch and then it took 3 tries to make it to the end. Beyond obvious, beyond stilted, beyond a waste. And this from someone who likes Mary Steenburgen.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Just as the title says, this is another typical romantic comedy movie. Nothing new here. It tries very hard to be funny, but it just fails. Not a good movie, in my opinion, plus the characters got on my nerves. I don't recommend this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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