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With Friends Like These

 (54)5.91 h 45 min1998R
Four small-time, two-bit character actors, all close friends, are competing for the same part in the next Martin Scorsese mob film.
Philip Frank Messina
Bill MurrayMartin ScorseseDavid Strathairn
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54 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
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SuzReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining & engaging!
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Entertaining & definitely worth viewing. But I feel conflicted about this flick: FANTASTIC cast, enhanced by very engaging relationships among the characters. But there are weaknesses and inconsistencies in the storyline and script, which can't decide what it wants to be: is this a "morality play" about the responsibilities, intricacies and betrayals of "walking the tightrope" of friendship; or is this about the frustrations, intricacies, heartbreak and betrayals of "Hollywood Life"? The storyline bounces around, trying to be too many things instead of being focused. There are also stops-and-starts inconsistencies in how the scenes flow; i.e., one of the best scenes, with the biggest hook (the confrontation in Venice Beach with the "gumbas" from Buffalo NY) doesn't unfold until 1 hour into the film! Then it stalls and fizzles. I came away feeling frustrated because of the storyline's unfilled potential; BUT blown away by the GREAT cast and fantastic acting -- which shows the true talent of all these stellar actors who can take a flawed storyline, and, in spite of the flaws, manage to squeeze out the very best that the script has to offer! Now, that's talent! Proof positive is the closing scene where the competing actors / friends all audition before Martin Scorcese. Epic! Standing ovation! I recommend watching this film just to be awed by the "acting chops" on full panoramic display in the Scorcese final audition scene. Overall, the film's cast saves the day! (Even Garry Marshall makes a cameo appearance in the last scene!)
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jenny tateReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Two thumbs up!
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This movie about four friends who are all trying to make it in Hollywood is GREAT!
They are all up for a Scorsese film, and all want the same part. I found this ensemble had the perfect mix of drama, and comedy.
This film did a fantastic job of showing what real actors in Hollywood deal with day to day, and what they go through to get the part.
The Bill Murray cameo cameo as a producer was so funny! The other Cameos in the movie were great too! (I don't want to give anything away)
Overall this was a warm, funny movie about friends and family, and what life is all about.
I give it two thumbs way up!
NunnayrbznzReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A fun, accurate movie that does not star Bill Murray, but a nice cast effort with a lot of movie names. It was funny, sad, and interesting about the whole auditioning business in a town primarily filled with actors all trying for the same thing while their families watch/support, putting themselves second. A nice ensemble of good actors. The standout was David S. as Armand, though it was exactly what one would expect from him.
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steven berkeReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Comic Masterpiece
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"With Friends Like These" is a comic masterpiece! This story of desperate ambition and betrayal, set in Hollywood, revolves around a group of close friends, B-movie and TV actors, with a shot at the big time who prepare to and audition for the starring role in a Martin Scorcese film.
The humor is sharp, intelligent, insightful, adult and consistent throughout a superbly crafted script.. Messina's camera is as sympathetic and effective as the characters he created..
If there was an Academy Award category for Best Cameo, Bill Murray would have walked away with the Oscar.
The cast is first rate.
The closing scene song by Garland Jeffreys is a gem.

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I like when comedy can be crafted not from telling jokes ...
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I like when comedy can be crafted not from telling jokes but from peeking into the lives of everyday friends...That's what we have here...a fine ensemble cast and good performances by all, particularly Adam Arkin, who seems to be involved with the funniest sequences...An enjoyable hour and a half, this film never found the wider audience it deserves
errin spellingReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
a comedy about actor friends, who go out for ...
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a comedy about actor friends ,who go out for the same job behind each others back. all are narcissists, except the main character, who is kind and forgives his friends.
MichaelReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film!
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Very Entertaining film with great performance by some of the best character actors in the business. Bill Murray, Martin Scorsese and Garry Marshall have great, small parts as well and this is one of the best movies about acting and the entertainment business you'll ever see.
VirgilReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Movie with a very limited audience
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It's a movie with (I believe) a imited audience; namely that of small time actors trying to make it in the big time. There were a few funny lines, and the overall portrayal of actors as "products" was accurate enough, but the story could have been told in a fraction of the time - it seemed very redundant and "run-on" to me.
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