IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES
1984, Paramount, 113 min, USA, Dir: Charles Shyer

Caught between her movie director father (Ryan O'Neal) and writer mother (Shelley Long), both of whom are more focused on career than family, Drew Barrymore tries to divorce her parents in this underrated comedic gem. Both Long and Barrymore earned Golden Globe nominations for their performances, and the flashback-driven script, penned by the PRIVATE BENJAMIN team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers, offers a perceptive take on Hollywood as well as an affecting look at stressful relationships. With Sharon Stone. “One of the funnier and more intelligent movies of 1984. … This movie has been written with so much wit and imagination that even obligatory scenes have a certain freshness and style.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
1977, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

“Smokey” was ’70s trucker slang for the Highway Patrol, a frequent adversary of knights of the road - especially when said knights try to haul Coors beer illegally from Texas to Georgia. But Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is no match for “The Bandit” (Burt Reynolds), whose speed and skill behind the wheel is the stuff of local legend. Longtime stunt coordinator Hal Needham was ideally suited to direct this hit action comedy, which costars Sally Field as a runaway bride and country singer Jerry Reed as Reynolds’ partner in crime.


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