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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Aug 26, 2018.
Great playwright. Died at 91. RIP.
Felix and Oscar.
He was a striking talent. I saw The Odd Couple when it was a first run movie and loved it. He goes much further back, however, working on Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows, which was an incredible source of comedic talent; Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca, and, of course, the incredible Sid Caesar. What an incubator for talent!
But beyond that, Neil Simon had the ability to write directly to the common traits of humans. We all have met Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar. We’ve all known Eugene Morris Jerome and have met someone as intimidating as Sgt Toomy, from Biloxi Blues. Ever see Lost in Yonkers? Those kids were precious!
I think that was really the secret of Neil Simon, his plays had characters we could relate to. He had characters that were believable and only slightly exaggerated from how we perceive ourselves. Everyone has met Neil Simon’s characters and felt the feelings they express in their lines. Neil Simon was self-indulgent to the highest degree possible, he wrote himself into many of his plays, but we never minded, because we always enjoyed his company and were happy to see him one more time.
Thanks for the memories.
RIP Mr Simon.
Wow, Can't believe Neil Simon...... gone. What a great human being and writer. RIP. Neil.
Nora saw me on the crapper!
I don’t think I ever saw it, but the trailer did the trick.
It's a must see, Mark.
Too many icons of my time suddenly passing. RIP Mr. Simon.
'It took me fiv notes to realise FU stood for Felix unger'.
Sharp, witty, clever, brilliant.
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I’ll put it on the list.
For me, that was the standout line of the movie. I never thought that the TV show even came close to the humore of the movie.
Sad news ..R.I.P.
One of my favorites...RIP
Very sad news...RIP Mr. Simon!
And see it, I did. I had seen part of it, some time ago, but not enough to get the full effect. It’s really a great story about a typical kid, 15 or so, and how he experienced life, for the good and for the bad. When his older brother suggested that he might end up in a “sex asylum” I about fell off my chair laughing, but I remember being that age and a one track mind came with the territory.
It’s funny, because his brother nearly leaving made Eugene face the fact that he was no longer a completely carefree child. I faced a sobering experience at that same age and it, likewise, had a lasting effect. Really, the various story lines in the movie all came together in an interesting way. There was a sense of redemption at the end; the widowed aunt moving on with her life, Eugene maturing in his attitude, the father setting an example in love and forgiveness and even the mother lightening up a bit. Good stuff, but what else would one expect from Neil Simon.
Great review of a great story but spoiler alert...”Nora saw me on the crapper!”
Any young man’s worst nightmare.