19 July 2017 | HotToastyRag
Terribly miscast, and no plot!
I mean no offense to Carol Burnett, but I don't find her an attractive woman, in any way. Obviously, she disagrees with my assessment, otherwise she wouldn't have taken the lead role in Between Friends. In the HBO movie, she plays a single mother who willingly engages in affairs with married men. She's continually referred to as beautiful, sexy, irresistible, and a volcano in the sack-a-roo. If you're confused by that, you will be befuddled when you learn the second lead in the film, a meek woman who wants to marry and be taken care of, is played by Elizabeth Taylor. Did the casting director switch the paperwork? For the life of me, I don't understand why the two women didn't switch roles.
I'm not trying to be mean, but it just didn't work for me. Liz did a very good job in a role that's against type; she's far from calculating, a little stupid, and finds sex with her sweetie-pie repellent. But when watching Carol's scenes, you can practically smell her ego as she announces to the television, "See! I am sexy!" and it just doesn't work. Plus, in the scenes when she's not in the bedroom, her character's personality is pretty lousy. She yells at people and has no sympathy or tolerance for people who don't want to blindly take her orders.
If that type of movie appeals to you, I'll offer one more warning: There is no plot to this movie. It's a movie about two women who meet by chance, and disjointed scenes are strung together to show the audience that they remain friends in the years to come. No plot and no point. No bueno for me.