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Barefoot in the Park
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Romantic comedy about a conservative lawyer and his kooky bride. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 01/17/2006 Starring: Robert Redford Jane Fonda Run time: 104 minutes Rating: G Director: Gene Saks

Devotees of Neil Simon's repartee, such as in his Goodbye Girl and Brighton Beach Memoirs, will enjoy this earlier tale of domestic dispute between newlyweds. Corie (Jane Fonda) is the young housewife trying to keep life exciting while making a home for her and her husband, Paul (Robert Redford), on the fifth floor of a Greenwich Village walkup apartment. He's working hard at starting his career as lawyer; she's eager to be romantic and spontaneous; and the two have plenty to squabble about. The film suffers a bit from Corie's excessive perkiness and the odd lack of chemistry between the two actors. But those who find the dramatic conventions a bit stiff (some of the dialogue and action seems more suited for stage than screen) may still smile at the dated look (circa 1967) at home life. Mildred Natwick is superb as Corie's mother, and Charles Boyer milks his role as the elderly bohemian neighbor upstairs. --Jenny Brown

Customer Reviews:

  • Waddayameen?
    Robert Redford and Jane Fonda at their prime, both in looks and acting. A refreshingly entertaining story without blood, guts or coarse language. ...more info
  • One of my favorites!
    A charming, fun movie! The classic and funny story of young newlyweds is a timeless tale with a wonderful sense of humor. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are enviably young and in love, and watching them acclamate to married life is hilarious! A must see and one of Neil Simon's best!...more info
  • An Early Romantic Comedy!
    I just love this movie. I first read and saw the play when two people in my high school drama club performed a scene from it. Very soon after that, they showed this movie on AMC (or a similar movie channel) and I fell in love. It was made before I was born (my parents, for that matter, were little kids when this was made) and so at times it can seem kind of hokey to me, but it's sweet and very funny. Robert Redford plays uptight Paul while Jane Fonda is very funny as the upbeat optimistic Corie. Plus, I just love her wardrobe. Can't say it'd really work in my life, but I wouldn't mind a couple of those dresses.

    Dharma & Greg has a similar premise (though obviously BITP is done much, much better than D&G!) -- a couple gets married after only knowing each other for a short while, she's a little flighty, he's a little uptight, hilarity and drama ensues as they deal with married life and living together in the big city. I love this movie. If you like Neil Simon, older movies, romantic comedies, or just want to see what all the fuss was about for the leading actors (Redford was a dreamboat and Jane Fonda is so pretty), I'd say give this a try....more info
  • Barefoot in the Park
    This movie is about a young lawyer who marries a young spirited, flighty, spontaneous woman. They get an appartment that is five flights up. Shortly after the honeymoon is over they come to realize that marriage is not all roses after all. It takes the mother and the corky older neighbor to help them through their differences. That and walking barefoot in the park....more info
  • a real gem
    this is one of the best comedies ever. jane and robert are awesomely funny. both are incredibly sexy together. i watch it over and over and never get tired of it. i only wish it were on dvd. the neil simon dialog is incredible -- very witty and clever. it does not disappoint....more info
  • Great movie
    This is a classic. Its funny, but just a really good story. Highly recommend. And Jane Fonda is at her pretiest....more info
  • She got on my last nerve!
    Jane Fonda is a great actress, but I have to admit that she worked my last nerve when she was whining about her husband's prudishness and demanding a divorce.

    Robert Redford was a delight as a young husband trying hard to please a dizzy wife. The other characters, such as Jane's mother, the telephone man, the old delivery man, the eccentric "55" year old neighbor, were also fabulous.

    Great romantic movie - you will laugh out loud....more info
  • A Classic Never Mentioned
    I have found that the movies no one talks about, or rarely remember are usually the most enjoyable and this is one. Not a movie I expected from either actor, but entertaining the whole length....more info
  • A Timeless Treasure
    My wife and I have enjoyed this movie for years. For some unexplained reason, we had never bought our own copy.

    This DVD is the widescreen version and has a satisfying picture and sound. The story-line is familiar, and Redford and Fonda are convincing and enjoyable in their rolls. The balance of the casting is first class, and the whole package provides solid entertainment.

    I recommend this one highly to all who enjoy comedy. It would be a worthy addition to anyone's collection....more info
  • A brilliant and charming comedy
    The very funny and very true story of a newly-married couple in New York in the late 1960's.

    Barefoot, which made Robert Redford famous, features the lovely Jane Fonda, as well as french actor Charles Boyer.

    Extremely funny, very well played, eccentric, original, charming, this is great entertainment....more info
  • Favorite film, disappointing disk
    I welcomed the opportunity to upgrade my old VHS tape to DVD. Going widescreen certainly justified the switch, but that was the only improvement. There are virtually no interesting special features, unless you enjoy tralers, scene selection and "interactive menus". To be fair, the language options would be valuable in Quebec or if you're hearing impaired....more info
  • Kick off your shoes and enjoy the show (recommended)
    The barefoot Redford-Fonda team is fantastic at delivering scene after scene of red-face laughter. A passionate newlywed couple embark on a lifelong dream of marital bliss. Like most new couples, they adjust to the most basic of accommodations but have more difficulty adapting to the notion that life is not all fun and games or not all career-building work. Was matrimony a serious mistake? Are they totally incompatible? Can conservative family and eccentric neighbors salvage this new couple's seemingly disastrous pledge? This is a film to be watched more than once since you will likely not hear some dialog due to boisterous laughter and totally miss other sections while rolling on the floor.

    Movie quote: "I feel like we've died and gone to heaven - only we had to climb up."...more info
  • Redford ala mode
    Excellent Redford & Fonda fare. Comedy done to perfection. Charles Boyer and Mildred Natwick just what the Doctor ordered in outstanding support roles. This flick is a treasure to own and one where the viewer will want to roll for plenty of laughs. If you don't own it do yourself a favor and buy it, and after you have it, you'll love it !...more info
  • good memories
    "Barefoot in the Park" always puts me in mind of our honeymoon and first apartment which was a 3rd floor walk up. If you are young or just young at heart it is a movie well worth your time. ...more info
  • Good Purchase
    Enjoyable and funny movie with classic stars and two stars to-be (Redford and Fonda)!...more info
  • Some people won't get it
    This is excellent. Many people under 35 years old or so probably won't appreciate this Neil Simon classic. I was 12 or so when I first saw it in 69' or 70'. I was captivated by it's exaggeration of marriage, love and commitment. It is not a 'reality show'. If you have been married for many years (33 years) like I have, you will really enjoy the absurdities and over-reactions. It's a great movie! ...more info
  • Endearing
    Jane Fonda was certainly lovely in this film, and her fey charm forgives the fact that she was clearly showcasing herself here and not truly interacting with her equally photogenic co-star, Robert Redford. Neil Simon's wit and clever use of human beings as props in sight gags has never been so polished in any of his other productions, and there is something truly endearing about this particular film. I think it is the mixture of its time and setting, all combined with the fact its two lead actors are still fresh enough in the business to exude real life excitement about their roles. This movie is funny, effectively coy a time or too, and just bizarre enough to stand the test of time. ...more info