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''The Goodbye Girl'' was the first time Simon wrote an original screenplay. It received five UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, and Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Actor up to that time (since broken by Adrien Brody for ''Film/ThePianist'').

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One of the rare films for which Neil Simon wrote an original screenplay, ''The Goodbye Girl'' was the first time Simon wrote an original screenplay. It received five UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, and with Richard Dreyfuss became becoming the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Actor up to that time (since broken by Adrien Brody for ''Film/ThePianist'').


''The Goodbye Girl'' is a RomanticComedy from 1977, directed by Herbert Ross, written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Creator/MarshaMason.

Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter named Lucy (Creator/QuinnCummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.

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''The Goodbye Girl'' is a 1977 RomanticComedy from 1977, film directed by Herbert Ross, Ross and written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Creator/MarshaMason.

Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter named Lucy (Creator/QuinnCummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was leased under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has who's arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.


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->''"You love to love someone but the minute they start taking the initiative like I did last night that scares the pants off you."''

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->''"You love to love someone someone, but the minute they start taking the initiative like I did last night that scares the pants off you."''


* DamnedByFaintPraise: After the horrific first (and, as it turns out, last) performance of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', even Mark the director's ''own mother'' can only tell him that it was "very interesting" (which Mark misinterprets to mean that she loved it).



* HangoverSensitivity: Elliot is much the worse for wear the morning after drowning his sorrows (see above).

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* HangoverSensitivity: Elliot is much the worse for wear the morning after drowning his sorrows (see above).sorrows. When he sees Paula and Lucy for the first time, he asks which of them Scotch taped his tongue to the roof of his mouth.


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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: As the first rule in his pushback against Paula trying to dictate the ground rules in their apartment sharing agreement, Elliot marches into the bathroom, where several pairs of Paula's underwear are drying on the curtain rod. Elliot announces that he likes to take showers every morning, "And I don't! Like! The panties! Drying! On! The Rod!" - grabbing one pair for each exclamation point before dumping the whole pile into Paula's arms.


* CampGay / LargeHam: How Elliot is instructed to play Richard III, much to his horror.

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* CampGay / LargeHam: CampGay: How Elliot is instructed to play Richard III, much to his horror.


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* WalkingOutOnTheShow: By the time Richmond is being hailed as King Henry VII of England at the end of the disastrous production of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', nearly a third of the audience members have had enough and walked out. Paula and Lucy only stay to support Elliot.





* [[TheLadysFavour The Lady's Favor]]: Gender-swapped. As Elliot is leaving the apartment to go film a movie, just like Tony did, Paula is terrified that he'll never come back as Tony didn't--until she realizes he left his guitar, which he would never willingly give up, in the apartment. Then she knows he's coming back to her.

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* [[TheLadysFavour The Lady's Favor]]: TheLadysFavour: Gender-swapped. As Elliot is leaving the apartment to go film a movie, just like Tony did, Paula is terrified that he'll never come back as Tony didn't--until she realizes he left his guitar, which he would never willingly give up, in the apartment. Then she knows he's coming back to her.



--> "He rented the apartment. What a shithead."

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--> "He -->'''Lucy:''' He rented the apartment. What a shithead."shitheel. ''[Paula looks at her as if to say "''What'' was that!?"]''



* ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Written and performed by David Gates, it reached #15 on the ''Billboard'' chart.

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* ThematicThemeTune / ThatCameOutWrong: While Elliot is calling Paula from a payphone in the pouring rain to explain his side of Tony not telling Paula he was subletting the apartment to Elliot and not telling Elliot that Paula was still living there, he chooses his words poorly:
-->'''Elliot:''' Look, I don't know what Tony told you, but he's got my money, I got a lease, and you got the apartment. Now, one of us got screwed- uh, let me rephrase that.
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TitleThemeTune: Written and performed by David Gates, it reached #15 on the ''Billboard'' chart.chart.
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Elliot claims to be 63 years old, though he's almost certainly being facetious.

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* TheCameo: Nicol Williamson makes an uncredited appearance as the film director who offers Elliot a leading role in his next movie.


''The Goodbye Girl'' is a RomanticComedy from 1977, directed by Herbert Ross, written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Marsha Mason.

Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter named Lucy (Quinn Cummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.

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''The Goodbye Girl'' is a RomanticComedy from 1977, directed by Herbert Ross, written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Marsha Mason.Creator/MarshaMason.

Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter named Lucy (Quinn Cummings), (Creator/QuinnCummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Elliot sleeps in the nude, and when he can't sleep, he plays his guitar.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Elliot sleeps in the nude, SleepsInTheNude, and when he can't sleep, he plays his guitar.


* ScreenToStageAdaptation: Simon adapted the movie into a play that premiered on Broadway in 1993, starring Creator/BernadettePeters and Martin Short.

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* ScreenToStageAdaptation: Simon adapted the movie into a play {{musical}} that premiered on Broadway in 1993, starring Creator/BernadettePeters and Martin Short.Creator/MartinShort.


''The Goodbye Girl'' was the first time Simon wrote an original screenplay. It received five UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, and Richard Dreyfuss became at the time the youngest person to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor (since broken by Adrien Brody for ''Film/ThePianist'').

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''The Goodbye Girl'' was the first time Simon wrote an original screenplay. It received five UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, and Richard Dreyfuss became at the time the youngest person to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor up to that time (since broken by Adrien Brody for ''Film/ThePianist'').


Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.

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Paula [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter named Lucy (Quinn Cummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.


* BikiniBar: Elliot hands out fliers outside a strip club where the girls keep bikinis on.


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* FamilyFriendlyStripper: Elliot hands out fliers outside a strip club where the girls keep bikinis on.


* TitleDrop: In the song that plays over the closing credits.

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* TitleDrop: In ThematicThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: Written and performed by David Gates, it reached #15 on the song that plays over the closing credits.''Billboard'' chart.


''The Goodbye Girl'' is a RomanticComedy from 1977, directed by Herbert Ross, written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Marsha Mason. Mason is Paula [=McFadden=], a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter Lucy, who has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.

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''The Goodbye Girl'' is a RomanticComedy from 1977, directed by Herbert Ross, written by Creator/NeilSimon, starring Creator/RichardDreyfuss and Marsha Mason. Mason is

Paula [=McFadden=], [=McFadden=] (Mason), a 33-year-old semi-retired dancer with a ten-year-old daughter Lucy, who Lucy (Quinn Cummings), has to become un-retired when her actor boyfriend Tony leaves town, breaking up with her via a "Dear John" note. Even worse is that their shared New York apartment was under Tony's name, and he has sub-let it to another actor, Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss), who has arrived in New York from Chicago to star in a play. Paula is horrified to have a stranger moving in to her apartment, and an actor at that, but Elliot has a lease and a key, so they grudgingly work out an arrangement in which they will share the apartment.



* TitleDrop: In the song that plays over the closing credits.

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* TitleDrop: In the song that plays over the closing credits.

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