Friends & Lovers

Synopsis: Friends for ten years, a group of twenty-somethings head for the ski slopes as guests of Ian's father. (Ian and dad are estranged because dad worked too many hours when Ian was a lad.) Dad has something to say, but Ian won't listen. Meanwhile, David is gay and virginal; Ian's business partner, Keaton, is unhappy that his sister Jane is pregnant with no plans to tell the father; Lisa is everybody's pal and no one's lover; John, stuck in adolescence, is always on the make. He brings German-born stunner, Carla, and promptly loses her affection to Hans, a fast-talking ski instructor. David meets Manny: they have chess in common. Soon, surprises abound as relationships take new turns.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
103 min


Here we are

such good friends

reunited once again

been through good times

through the bad

you've been family

I've never had

Could we be friends

and lovers?

You know me like no other

Would we ruin it all

with a kiss?

We have stuck through

thick and thin

ooh, with eyes of love

you look within

Still remain here

by my side

but now feelings stir

I cannot hide

Could we be friends

and lovers?

Who knows, we might discover

A much deeper love than this

Find the thing

we've always missed...

Merry Christmas, sir.

Merry Christmas.

Can you show me your most

handsome scotch pines, please?

Sure. right there next

to the Douglas fir.

Ah, thank you.


Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

[Sniffs] mm! mm mm mm!

What are you doing, Ian?

I've decided

we're not gonna have

a long-needle, short-needle

thing again this year.

It's gonna be long needle.


We have it every year.

Well, it's at

my house. My choice.

Next year, your

house, your choice.

Ok. one vote for long needle.

Ok. the one vote that counts.

That's the thing about

living in a democracy.


Yeah, it always

comes down to one thing

and one vote,

and you always lose.

Hey, this is a good one.

That's right. Now put it back.

Supposed to try it

with the breadcrumbs.

No, it's the creamy

soup that makes it...


Hello. merry Christmas.

Promise me one thing?

[Together] maybe. maybe.

That we will still be friends

no matter what tree we pick.

Children... merry Christmas.

Oh, god, look at this one.

This is great. This is perfect.

This is the one.

we hate long needles!

Just don't like them.


Just stop. It's an ugly tree.

Ho ho ho!

Look at this.

Nice uni.

I'm a ho.

You're rotten, Jon.

Check this out.

I wish it was Christmas

all year long.

Tell you, the Santa claus uni

is the ultimate magnet.

Forget about that whole thing

with the sheeps

in wolf clothing.

Did you get a number, Jon?

I would've got her number,

but the husband came back.

Oh, those pesky husbands.

Exactly. heh heh heh!

Santa, Santa!

Did you get my letter?

Well, of course I did, angel.

Now... where's your mommy?


Ok, thank you very much, honey.

That's good.

Didn't you get it? I sent

it to the north pole.

Well, you know, Santa's

been very, very busy.

Very good. Now go on and

scram out of here. Go on.

No, no, no, no!

All right, now listen, kid.

I ain't Santa claus, and

there is no Santa claus,

so you want something,

you go ask your mom.

Now scram.

You're unbelievable.

You are so mean-spirited!

Want to spend some time

In another universe

leaving things behind

Far away from sister moon...

[All laughing and chattering]

No, no, no! That

corner's all wrong.

We always put it in there.

you're really good

with children, Jon.

right there.

Right over there.

don't hurt the tree.

just stick it in the hole.

You know how to do that.

Ha ha.

Know what? I think this is

gonna be our best tree ever.

What do you got to eat?

Look in the fridge.

[Telephone rings]

I'll get it. No, no! Let

the machine get it.

I'll get it!

Who are you avoiding?

We're all here.

I'm not avoiding anyone.

Could be the office.

I don't want them to get ahold of

me till we get the tree trimmed.

Ian on machine:

Hi. It's Ian. I'm not in.

If you don't leave a message, I can't

call you back. [Machine beeps]

Man on machine:

Ian, this is your father.

I'm sorry to bother you,

but I need to know

whether you and your

friends are coming skiing.

There's something that I...

That I have to say,

and I would feel

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Neill Barry

Neill Barry (born November 29, 1965) is an American film, television and stage actor, as well as an occasional screenwriter. Films in which he has acted have grossed collectively over $90,000,000.Barry was born in New York City, New York. He made his acting debut at the age of thirteen in Martin Davidson's film Hero at Large. He co-wrote and starred in the independent film Friends & Lovers, which also starred Robert Downey Jr., Claudia Schiffer and Stephen Baldwin. Barry portrays Philip Rearden in Atlas Shrugged (2011), the film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel of the same name. more…

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