Just Friends (1997)
Just when insurance analyst Peter is ready to pop the question, his girlfriend dumps him. Then he meets Rebecca and thinks he’s found the perfect woman, but she’s engaged to another guy. Will Peter settle for being just friends? His best friend Tom doesn’t think so. His old girlfriend knows he can’t. And his boss, Mr. Barton, is such a stickler, Peter has no time to realize he’s falling in love with his new best friend.
Starring ANITA BARONE (The War At Home, Seinfeld), TONY PALERMO (Rollerball, Driven), BARBARA ALYN WOODS (One Tree Hill, Honey I Shrunk The Kids), TIM BOHN (Friends, Law & Order), URSULA BURTON (The Office, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), and HAL LINDEN (Barney Miller), this first feature from director MARIA BURTON and FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS (Temps, Manna From Heaven, The Happiest Day Of His Life) is a funny and perceptive romantic comedy about the quirky world of dating.
"This sweet-natured indie production... reveals first-time director Maria Burton as talent to watch." - Variety
"Director Maria Burton's affection for the story's characters is infectious and gives the story it's strength." - Hollywood Reporter
Color/ 99 minutes
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By DANIEL M. KIMMEL
There's a light entertaining romantic comedy about
commitment in the ‘90s hiding out in "Just Friends."
This sweet-natured indie production... reveals first-time director
Maria Burton as talent to watch.
Peter (Anthony Palermo) is an L.A. stockbroker pushing
30 who has just been dumped by his girlfriend of three years, Danielle
(Barbara Alyn Woods). Feeling at a crossroads in every facet of
his life, he falls for Rebecca (Anita Barone), who has the unfortunate
problem—for him—of being engaged. She’s new in
town and her beau won’t be in L.A. for another month. She
and Peter decide to be “just friends,” but it becomes
obvious to all that Peter's carrying a torch for her.
Pic becomes a comment on the single life as Peter
becomes increasingly desperate, his friendship with Rebecca seemingly
the only thing in his life that works. Script by Chuck Rose offers
some wry characterizations and clever running jokes, including the
fact that everyone seems to be rejecting Peter in favor of someone
Palermo and Barone are engaging as the couple destined
to get together. Supporting cast of young talent is also a plus,
with Tim Bohn and Allen Lulu amusing as Peter's friends.
Tech credits are solid, with crisp sound and film's
modest budget used to good effect showcasing L.A. locations.