Taglines: Only two things can screw up their relationship. He’s one. She’s the other.
Jason Kramer is a popular New York City playwright in desperate need of a new writing partner who can provide him with inspiration. Phoebe Craddock is a small-town teacher who aspires to be a writer.
On the day Jason is marrying wealthy socialite Allison St. James, he meets Phoebe, stripping naked in front of her when he mistakes her for a masseuse. The two embark on a professional partnership. Over the course of the next nine years, they produce a string of plays, some flops but mostly hits. They find themselves attracted to each other but manage to avoid becoming involved romantically except for a one-nighter out of town, which the aloof Jason fails to even acknowledge the next morning. As time passes, Jason’s marriage suffers as Allison runs for political office.
His agent Blanche remains a constant, mothering presence as years go by. Jason is still a husband and a father while Phoebe remains a close family friend. But he permanently loses the respect of both his wife and writing partner by having a fling with a pushy Hollywood actress, Kate Mallory, as well as changing a new play at her request.
Romantic Comedy is a 1983 American romantic comedy film starring Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Janet Eilber, Robyn Douglass, Rozsika Halmos, Alexander Lockwood, directed by Arthur Hiller. The screenplay by Bernard Slade is based on his 1979 play of the same title.
Romantic Comedy (1983)
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Janet Eilber, Robyn Douglass, Rozsika Halmos, Alexander Lockwood
Screenplay by: Bernard Slade
Production Design by: Alfred Sweeney
Cinematography by: David M. Walsh
Film Editing by: John C. Howard
Costume Design by: Joe I. Tompkins
Set Decoration by: Arthur Jeph Parker
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: December 7, 1983