Walking and Talking (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Walking and Talking (1996)



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Laura and Amelia are the best of friends. Both have high-powered careers and live in Manhattan and both are very much looking toward the future. This bouncy comedy chronicles the ups and downs of their friendship as Laura prepares to marry Frank, and Amelia continues to deal with her many romantic travails. Amelia feels a little resentful of Frank because Laura is so preoccupied with wedding plans that she has little time to listen. Amelia was going out with Andrew, but she couldn't stand his obsession with phone sex so she next accepts the offer of a video-store clerk, Bill. He has a thing for horror movies and after a one-night quickie with him, Amelia bugs out. Soon afterward, the increasingly depressed, desperately lonely young woman learns that her beloved cat has cancer. But she is not the only one having problems as Laura begins to grow nervous about the nuptials. For some reason, she begins avoiding her good-natured fiancé at every turn. Eventually Laura and Amelia meet to hash out their own friendship and set it upon a smooth course again.

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Joseph Stravo
as Amelia's Therapist
Joseph Siravo
as Amelia's Therapist
Vincent Pastore
as Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient
Lynn Cohen
as Andrew's Mom
Lawrence Holofcener
as Andrew's Dad
Amy Braverman
as Young Amelia
Rafael Alvarez
as Laura's Sexy Patient
Ritamarie Kelly
as Ellen the Waitress
Steve Cohen
as Actor in Play
Jordan Levinson
as Peter's Friend
Heather Gottlieb
as Amelia's Co-Worker
Nitza Wilon
as Cat Sympathizer
Allison Janney
as Amelia's Neighbor
Alice Drummond
as Amelia's Neighbor, Betsy
Isa Thomas
as Aunt Cynthia
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Critic Reviews for Walking and Talking

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Comes perilously close to becoming a gab-fest treadmill.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

How did I feel at the end of Walking and Talking? The earth didn't shake, and I didn't feel in the presence of great cinema, but I felt cheerful, as if I had gone through some fraught times with good friends and we had emerged intact.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Laura and Amelia are allowed to behave imperfectly the way male characters are allowed to be in many films, but women hardly ever are.

March 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Its slender narrative is economically unfolded in succinct scenes and features a good deal of acute observations, and it is attractively photographed by Michael Spiller, Hal Hartley's regular lighting cameraman.

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

...bears all the markings of the exquisitely observed relationship dramedies that Nicole Holofcener would go on to make.

November 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A romantic comedy about NY yuppies, who are always on the telephone, set in the West Village, idealized by Holofcener as a cozy neighborhood with no violence, drugs, or harrassment.

October 31, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Walking and Talking

I thought this movie was sweet. I don't get the title, however. I like Catherine Keener quite alot...not sure that I have ever seen a movie with her in it that I didn't like.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


"Oh my god, this sponge that I'm washing the dishes with is unbelievable... oh my god it smells like a hotdog! It's disgusting... and I can't stop smelling it!" Ok, out of context that line probably isn't very funny, but when I was watching this film it made me burst out loud with laugher. This film concentrates on the relationship between two best friends, played by Catherine Keener and Anne Heche, and like writer/director Nicole Holofcener's other films, Friends With Money and Lovely & Amazing, the writing and the acting is very sharp. This is probably the strongest of the three films (and it's also the earliest) because unlike the other two we get something of a resolution between the characters, and an actual ending. This is a very witty, heartfelt and realistic film with some surreal lines that just seem perfect to me. Oh, and the cat is adorable.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

I don't recall being so filled with hatred when watching a movie. This proves the indie movement wasn't all good.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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