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Summary:  An unscripted Friends reunion special.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 27th May (2021 (Australia), 27th May 2021 (Thailand), 27th May 2021 (UK), 27th May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Winston

Screenwriter: David Crane, Marta Kauffman

Cast: Jennifer Aniston (self), David Beckham (self), Justin Bieber (self), Kevin Bright (self), BTS (themselves), James Corden (self), David Crane (self), Cindy Crawford (self), Courtney Cox (self), Cara Delevingne (self), Elliott Gould (self), Larry Hankin (self), Lisa Kudrow (self), Lady Gaga (self), Kit Harington (self), Mind Kaling (self), Marta Kaufman (self), Matt Le Blanc (self), Thomas Lennon (self), Matthew Perry (self), Christina Pickles (self), David Schwimmer (self), Tom Selleck (self), James Michael Taylor (self), Maggie Wheeler (self), Reese Witherspoon (self), Malala Yousafzai (self)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), TV-14 (USA)

OUR FRIENDS: THE REUNION REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Friends: The Reunion Review:

It was the television event that every Friends fan wanted… except it wasn’t. There is no doubting the world domination that hit sitcom Friends had during its ten season run from 1994. This wasn’t just a show that people gathered around the water cooler to talk about at work, this was a show that popular radio shows would spend an hour talking about the morning after each episode aired.

Such was the popularity that when the show folded and its spin-off Joey died a quick death fans already started to speculate when the cast would reunite and make new episodes. There were speculations that it would happen around its tenth anniversary, while tabloid magazines wrote articles talking about networks offering huge pay-days to the cast if they wanted to return to the characters that made them famous.

Finally in 2021 fans have had the chance to see Jennifer Aniston (We’re The Millers), David Schimmer (Band Of Brothers), Courtney Cox (Scream), Matthew Perry (The Whole Nine Yards), Lisa Kudrow (Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion) and Matt Le Blanc (Lost In Space) all back together but this is not really the format that most fans would have expected for the reunion. From what fans have been saying online for the past decade it is easy to see that they wanted new episodes that answered questions like are Monica and Chandler still living happily in suburban bliss and did Rachel and Ross stay together or take another ‘break.’

That isn’t what fans got though and instead they got a sit down interview hosted by talk show host and actor James Corden which has resulted in one of the most watched television events of 2021 –Friends: The Reunion.

Now while this wasn’t the reunion that many of the fans were eagerly anticipating this was far from a letdown. A lot of the main cast have remained very private about their time on the show over the years and even despite the popularity that Aniston and Cox have found with other projects they have often remained tight-lipped during interviews about their time on Friends and whether or not there would ever be a chance of new episodes. To hear the cast talk openly about their time on the show and what was going on behind the scenes is refreshing and the style in which director Ben Winston (Carpool Karaoke) gives the show more of a documentary feeling than that of a talk show.

Watching the cast re-visit the set of the show they called home for over a decade is an emotional experience for any hardcore Friends fan. That also sets up exactly what Friends: The Reunion is going to be like. This is a special where the main cast put their hearts on the line – where they talk about the obstacles that they faced to earn a role on the show and then watch them cry as they remember the moments that made this tight-knit cast a family.

There is no denying that is the moments when the cast are talking amongst themselves on their old set and the interviews with the show’s creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman that provide the show with its most powerful moments, but that certainly doesn’t take anything away from Corden’s interview either. With his now familiar laid back style Corden throws in some tough questions while making the interview feel like a friendly chat in a pub. He gets the cast to answer whether or not we will ever see any more episodes of Friends and even exposes a behind-the-scenes romance that almost happened between two of the cast members.

The silly games and almost pointless appearances of people like Justin Bieber in the special do feel like filler but it is when Crane and Corden take this special into the documentary style that makes this something special for all fans of Friends. While this isn’t the reunion that many expected it is certainly not a waste of time for hardcore Friends fans.

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Our review of Friends: The Reunion can also be viewed on The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/friends-the-reunion-breaks-records-breaks-barriers-80319.php

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Jennifer Aniston

Television sitcom have been a popular form of entertainment for years. Today, shows such as “Big Bang Theory” and “Two And A Half Men” constantly dominate the ratings. The popularity of these sitcom make the stars of the show become household names, so it’s not a surprise that many of them decide to try their hand at big screen films. So let’s take a look at the big Hollywood actors who started off their careers on television sitcom.

Jennifer Aniston: In the 1990s, “Friends” was the biggest sitcom on television. It seemed like everybody right around the world tuned in to see their five friends each week. It was therefore no surprise that Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston decided to all try their hand at big screen acting. For Matt Le Blanc, it didn’t take off – Kudrow, Cox and Perry found a small amount of success but Jennifer Ainston hit the big time. While “Friends” was still airing, Aniston showed she had what it took to make it outside the television world by appearing in films such as “Picture Perfect,” “Rock Star” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, it was after “Friends” ended that she became one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars and since then has appeared in notable films including “Marley & Me,” “He’s Just Not That Into Me,” “Just Go With It,” “Horrible Bosses” and one of the best comedies of 2013 – “We’re The Millers.” Yes, Jennifer Aniston is very much a Hollywood A-Lister.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Joseph Gordon-Levitt was always destined to be a sitcom star. One of his earliest acting performances was in “Family Ties,” while as a teenager he became known for his role as a teenage alien in the kooky “3rd Rock From The Sun.” After the show folded in 2001, it did take Gordon-Levitt a little bit of time to establish himself as a serious actor. Roles in movies like “Mysterious Skin” and “Brick”saw him receive critical acclaim but only minimal popularity. That has certainly changed over the last few years though when he has acted in huge blockbusters like “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and  Looper.” While he has also been great in those films, he has kept the critical reception going by also appearing in “(500) Days Of Summer” and “50/50.”

Steve Carell: There is no doubting that one of the funniest men on the planet these days is actor Steve Carell. Carell had done a number of television shows over the years before he was selected to star in the American version of “The Office” playing the big boss himself Michael Scott. Since taking on the role, Carell has gone from hit movie to hit movie. He has made a name for himself in comedy circles with films like “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Evan Almighty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” while more serious films like “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Dan In Real Life” and “The Way Way Back” has shown that he is an actor that is capable of so much more than just comedy. He is such a big star these days that he even got to live out one of his dreams and play Maxwell Smart on the big screen.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Yes, one of the biggest actors of today actually made his start into acting in television sitcom. One of DiCaprio’s first appearances on screen came in 1990 when NBC tried to turn the movie “Parenthood” into a television sitcom. After it failed, DiCaprio then appeared in the final season of “Growing Pains” as a young homeless person who came to live with the Beaver family. That was of course before DiCaprio wowed film lovers with his performances in films such as “The Basketball Diaries” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Of course, today DiCaprio is still hot Hollywood property working regularly with the legendary director Martin Scoresese, while also appearing in big blockbusters such as “Titanic,” “Inception,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Django Unchained.”

Robin Williams: Perhaps one of the most famous actors to come out of a television sitcom has been Robin Williams. Over the years, Williams has appeared in iconic films such as “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Jumanji,” but it seems that most people forget that the role that made him famous was playing naive alien York in television sitcom “Mork & Mindy” which hit the airwave in 1978. His character of Mork also crossed over to be with The Fonze in “Happy Days.” You can only wonder how many people who tuned into “Mork & Mindy” would have predicted that the zany Robin Williams would have one day freaked out audiences in the chilling “One Hour Photo.”

With so many sitcom stars today considered Hollywood royalty, you can only watch the modern day sitcoms and wonder who will be the next Jennifer Aniston or Leonardo DiCaprio in ten years’ time.

To celebrate the triumphant return of Jennifer Anison to the big screen in ‘We’re The Millers’ the boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best and worst films made by ‘Friends’ cast members.

 

JENNIFER ANISTON

Jennifer AnistonBest

  • Rock Star (2001) (Dave)
  • Marley & Me (2008) (Dave)
  • Just Go With It (2011) (Dave)
  • The Iron Giant (1999) (Nick, Adam)
  • The Break-Up (2006) (Nick)
  • The Switch (2010) (Nick)
  • Friends With Money (2006) (Nick)
  • Horrible Bosses (2011) (Nick, Greg)
  • Office Space (1999) (Adam, Greg)
  • The Good Girl (2002) (Adam)
  • We’re The Millers (2013) (Greg)
  • The Object Of My Affection (1998) (Greg)

Worst

  • Bruce Almighty (2003) (Dave)
  • Leprachaun (1993) (Dave)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010) (Dave, Greg)
  • Mac And Me (1988) (Adam)
  • Picture Perfect (1997) (Greg)
  • Love Happens (2009) (Greg)
  • He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) (Greg)
  • Just Go With It (2011) (Greg)

 

COURTENEY COX

Courteney CoxBest

  • The ‘Scream’ franchise (Dave, Nick, Adam)
  • The Larry Sanders Show (1992) (Nick)
  • Seinfeld (1999) (Nick)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) (Adam)
  • Masters of The Universe (1987) (Adam)

Worst

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) (Dave, Greg)
  • Bedtime Stories (2008) (Greg)
  • The Longest Yard (2005) (Greg)
  • Masters Of The Universe (1987) (Greg)

 

LISA KUDROW

Lisa KudrowBest

  • The Opposite Of Sex (1998) (Dave, Nick, Greg)
  • Wonderland (2003) (Dave, Adam)
  • Bandslam (2009) (Dave, Greg)
  • Easy A (2010) (Dave, Adam, Greg)
  • Analyze This (1999) (Nick, Adam, Greg)
  • Web Therapy (2011) (Nick)
  • Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997) (Adam, Nick, Greg)

Worst

  • P.S. I Love You (2007) (Dave)
  • Hotel For Dogs (2009) (Dave, Greg)
  • Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997) (Dave)
  • Analyze That (2002) (Greg)
  • Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (Greg)
  • Lucky Numbers (2000) (Greg)
  • Hanging Up (2000) (Greg)

MATT LeBLANC

Matt LeBlancBest

  • Charlie’s Angels (2000) (Dave)
  • Episodes (2011) (Nick)

Worst

  • Lost In Space (1998) (Dave, Nick)
  • Joey (2004) (Greg)

 

MATTHEW PERRY

Matthew Perry hosts the 2005 ESPY Awards Sunday on ESPN.Best

  • Birds Of America (2008) (Dave)
  • 17 Again (2009) (Dave)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000) (Nick)
  • The Whole Ten Yards (2004) (Nick)
  • Fools Rush In (1997)
  • The Good Wife (2009) (Nick)
  • Go On (2012) (Nick)
  • Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (2006) (Nick)
  • The West Wing (1999) (Nick)
  • Growing Pains (1985) (Nick)
  • Highway To Heaven (1984) (Nick)
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) (Nick)
  • A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon (1988) (Greg)

Worst

  • The Whole Ten Yards (2004) (Dave, Greg)
  • Three To Tango (1999) (Dave)
  • Fools Rush In (1997) (Greg)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000) (Greg)
  • 17 Again (2009) (Greg)
  • Serving Sara (2002) (Greg)

 

DAVID SCHWIMMER

David SchwimmerBest

  • The ‘Madagascar’ franchise (Dave, Nick, Greg)
  • Big Nothing (2006) (Dave)
  • John Carter (2012) (Dave)
  • Run Fatboy Run (2007) (Dave, Nick, Greg)
  • Little Britain USA (2008) (Nick)
  • The Wonder Years (1998) (Nick)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) (Nick)
  • Nothing But The Truth (2008) (Adam)
  • Band Of Brothers (2001) (Adam)
  • Apt Pupil (1998) (Adam, Greg)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) (Adam)
  • Breast Men (1997) (Adam)
  • Wolf (1994) (Adam, Greg)
  • Trust (2010) (Adam)

Worst

  • The Pallbearer (1996) (Dave, Greg)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) (Dave, Greg)
  • John Carter (2012) (Greg)