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Diner is about a bunch of guys who are never happier than when hanging out at the wonderfully nostalgic diner of the title. The emphasis is on atmosphere and character more than plot, although there are several memorable set pieces - most enjoyably in the cinema when Mickey Rourke's date finds a surprise in the popcorn.
The cast - the heart and soul of the film - are universally strong, except for Kevin Bacon's period lapses of overacting. The dialogue seems natural and occasionally improvised - especially Paul Reiser's, whose character unfortunately gets lost in the middle of the film. The female characters are more basic and less deep, but then this is really a film about the guys. And their camaraderie - which developed during rehearsals and filming - is the major charm and attraction of Diner.
I love the film, but then I'm from Baltimore. But it must have universal appeal because my English wife also loves it and she's only been to Charm City once. It's a great film that rewards repeated viewings. For me, the only downside is the sight of the Little Tavern and the knowledge that those gorgeous little burgers are now extinct.
It's interesting to see the likes of Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern and Ellen Barkin cutting their teeth as young wannabee film stars. And surprisingly it's the likes of Guttenberg who shine more than say Bacon. But a few poor career moves is all it takes to disappear off the Hollywood radar. Guttenberg and Rourke made plenty, Bacon few. At least Rourke is back now.
On the whole Diner is a film with very little action (or plot) but the dialogue sparkles even if some of it has dated a little, and the acting feels extremely natural as if the cast genuinely bonded whilst filming.
A good reflective piece of entertainment, but more for curiosity than out and out entertainment.
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It i s an interesting period ensemble piece but it's story is a little dull.Published 13 months ago by josh91
Boring plot, boring conversation, not interesting at all. If you love New York, you will hate this one! The worst piece of crap you ever devoted your time to.Published on 9 Nov. 2013 by Dag Sjåvik
Watched this in anticipation, however despite the strong young cast it was dull, and uninspiring. I turned off after 20 mins.Published on 5 Jan. 2012 by hot potatos