Picks and Pans Review: Chapter Two

updated 02/11/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Neil Simon lost his wife to cancer six years ago and married Marsha (Goodbye Girl) Mason three months later. That story—with the touch of the Muse of One-liners—was a success on Broadway in 1977. The film version seems a bit cute and pat. James Caan, in the role Simon based on himself and which Judd Hirsch originated on Broadway, is convincing, as is Marsha Mason, in effect as Marsha Mason, So are the almost anorexically thin Valerie Harper, as Marsha's meddling best friend, and Joseph Bologna, as Neil's meddling brother. This really isn't a bad movie. Just don't go expecting Simon's best. (PG)

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