One common thread that I'm sure is found in every review for this film is that both Peter Falk and John Cassavetes deliver incredible performances. Their friendship feels very organic and they both disappear into the roles. However, the film itself fails to live up to the two lead performances and feels a bit meandering. The core concept is great, but unfortunately the execution isl less than stellar.
It's pretty much all about talking, talking, talkin'about everything and about nothing. Great acting, so genuine. The cinematography is so rough it gains a peculiar aesthetic value; and the editing's just bad, but I wouldn't like it otherwise. It's the kind of movie you know to be not perfect – not at all, but that's the very reason why you love it. That's precisely the kind of movie I love to discover here on MUBI.
Excelente película donde, a partir de una trama simple de intriga y suspense, se narra con gran riqueza de matices las ambiguas relaciones de dos amigos de la infancia y se lleva a cabo una interesante y compleja reflexión sobre la amistad, el egoísmo, la lealtad y la supervivencia. Magníficas las interpretaciones de John Cassavetes y Peter Falk, y extraordinaria la dirección de Elaine May. Una de mis favoritas
I don't think there's any other movie in the world that portrays the beauty and ugliness of life long friendships as honestly and painfully as this one. And, just like Heartbreak kid, it's so underrated it makes me angry! Elaine May really knew how to write these man-child characters like nobody else.
A literal dark night of the soul - this might be one of the grimiest and most dimly lit films I've seen. This feels anti-gangster without any true subversion, I think it must be the anxiety and futility of these men, both portrayed with empathy. Their inherent violence is challenged every time they encounter other people, first in the bar, the bus and most powerfully the apartment. Natural and potent.