in about 100 words or less
US 110m, Colour
Director: Barry Levinson; Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, Ellen Barkin
Diner is a comedic drama set in Baltimore during the last week of 1959 about a group of friends who regularly meet up at a late night diner. A semi-autobiographical film that draws on Levinson’s experiences, Diner is a nostalgic film with a memorable ensemble cast. The plot consists of a number of interconnecting stories which are linked by the friendships of the film’s male characters who seem totally perplexed by the women in their lives. Their lack of understanding of the opposite sex seems to be Levinson’s main point in presenting a group of immature young men who are primarily interested in gambling, movies, music and themselves (Klaus Ming October 2016).