Playwright Neil Simon turned to the hotel setting he used so successfully in his stage-play (later a movie) Plaza Suite to explore four more human dramas in his play California Suite, which was adapted into this quite successful movie. In the first episode, the divorced couple of Bill and Hannah Warren (Alan Alda and Jane Fonda) have rented a suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel in order to have a discussion about who will get the custody of their child. In the next episode, Sidney Cochran and Diana Barrie (Michael Caine and Maggie Smith) are a hilarious pair of Hollywood stars who have rented the suite to await their appearance at the Academy Awards: it is a "date of convenience" which enables the sexually adventurous duo to conduct their other, more unconventional alliances out of the public eye. Drs. Willis Panama and Chauncy Gump (Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor) have brought their families to Beverly Hills for a vacation which takes on nightmarish tone. Finally, Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) tries frantically and unsuccessfully to explain the situation to his wife (Elaine May) when she catches him in flagrante delicto with a hooker. Actress Maggie Smith won an Academy Award as "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in this film, in which she plays the actress waiting to win . . . an Academy Award. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
I grew up watching Neil Simon movies and had vague memories of this one so I rented it and couldn't believe how horrible it was. Dissapointing because I love "Seems Like Old Times", "Biloxi Blues" and "Max Dugan Returns" (I think that's a Neil Simon script).
The Alan Alda-Jane Fonda storyline was annoying, I didn't care about either one of them. The Bill Cosby-Richard Pryor storyline was funny at first, but the constant bickering got old and ridiculous. The storyline between Mathau's character and his brother was kind of funny actually the only entertaining scene in the entire movie was when Mathau's character was caught by his wife with a passed out hooker in his bed but even it was drawn out way too long. This is the kind of movie that people watch and just shake their head and say "white people".
one of the worst movies ever made. this movie holds the singular distinction of being the only film in my 49-year history that I actually got up and walked out on. i have had prolonged bowel movements that were more enjoyable than this piece of cr*p!