Diner

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Released 1982

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Director:
Barry Levinson
Released:
1982
Rating:
R
Diner is a 1982 coming of age drama about five Baltimore friends, each facing a crossroads in their lives as they gather for a 1959 wedding. Eddie (Steve Guttenberg) has finally agreed to marry his longtime girlfriend even though he prefers spending time with his lifelong best buddies. The guys have been hanging out in the same diner booth for years: Shrevie (Daniel Stern), Boogie (Mickey Rourke), Fenwick (Kevin Bacon), Billy (Tim Daly) and Modell (Paul Reiser). As the guys get ready to celebrate Eddie's wedding, each young man finds himself struggling to enter the adult world. Shrevie does not know how to talk to his wife, Beth (Ellen Barkin). Boogie spends his time aimlessly chasing women. Fenwick's heavy drinking is reaching a critical point. The ambitious Billy cannot convince his girlfriend to marry him. Director Barry Levinson also wrote this affectionate look at the confusions and contradictions of leaving the past behind.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Diner isn't lavish or long, but it's the sort of small, honest, entertaining movie that should never go out of style, even in an age of sequels and extravaganzas.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy.

  • 70

    Variety

    Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser and Timothy Daly are terrific as the friends as are Ellen Barkin and Kathryn Dowling as the two females invo...

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Timothy Fenwick Jr.

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke

Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell

Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern

Laurence 'Shrevie' Schreiber

Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg

Edward 'Eddie' Simmons

Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin

Beth Schreiber

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

80s, Classics, Coming of Age