Chip Deffaa
May 15, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Just Friends

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/23/05
performer
Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Christopher Marquette, Anna Faris
director
Roger Kumble
distributor
Benderspink, Infinity Media, Inc.
author
Adam Davis
genre
Romance

We gave it a B-

The agile, highly nuanced style of 70-year-old French pianist Solal (who’s worked with masters ranging from Django Reinhardt to Sidney Bechet) is in particular evidence here. But because Solal performs so many carefully structured numbers at the same sprightly tempo — and drummer Paul Motian restricts himself to brushes throughout — Just Friends has a set-in-its-ways feel. B-

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