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A popular Romantic Comedy by Neil Simon which premiered on Broadway in 1963.

Newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter return from their honeymoon ready to start their exciting new life together in a minuscule fifth-floor walkup apartment in a downtown-Manhattan brownstone, but things aren't exactly going as planned. The impulsive Corie's apartment choice doesn't meet Paul's - or any sane person's - standards. Six exhausting flights of stairs lead to a one-room apartment which lacks bathtub, furniture, heat, and room for a double bed. What highlights does the apartment supply? Quirky neighbors, including oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and a giant hole in the skylight.

Made into a movie in 1967, starring Robert Redford as Paul (he played the role on Broadway, too) and Jane Fonda as Corie. The play has also received two TV adaptations: a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1970 and a 1980 special on HBO.

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  • The Alleged House: There are multiple quirks in the apartment, one which sees a lot of use for laughs (and drama) being that it doesn't has a good insulation, which allows the New York winter cold to seep in. It's also five floors up in a building with no elevator and almost everybody that arrives is winded.
  • Alliterative Name: Victor Velasco the landlord.
  • Beta Couple: Victor Velasco and Corie's mom, Ethel, get a romance Arc of their own while everything else is happening.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Paul and Mr Velasco. The former more deadpan and latter definetly more snarky.
  • Exiled to the Couch: When Corie is on the verge of divorcing Paul, she shuts herself in the bedroom and throws out a pillow, blanket, and sheet so Paul can go to sleep on the sofa. He tries to...and then snow starts falling on his head through the broken skylight, leaving him with a cold the next day.
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  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Corie. Explored both for laughs and for drama — sure, Uptight Loves Wild, but once Paul reaches his limit of how much he can tolerate of said manic attitude, hurt ensues.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Velasco. Most tellingly, he takes great pride in his knichi, an exotic dish of unknown origin and one that is non-existent in real life. He was also portrayed by an Austrian and a Frenchman in the original Broadway production and film adaptation, respectively.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Corie is shown wearing Paul's shirt after he leaves their honeymoon suite for the first time. The scene currently provides the trope's page image.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Paul is a straight-laced attorney, Corie a far more spontaneous free spirit.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: The relationship of Paul and Corie, in a nutshell. Played for drama eventually, though, with Paul starting to doubt he actually loves Corie's wildness that much.

Alternative Title(s): Barefoot In The Park

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