In black-and-white, Phil and Danny flip their lips and make goofy faces. Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox both frown and then smile. Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc grin. Matthew Perry winces and David Schwimmer smiles.
On stage. Phil and Danny play their guitar with a drummer in the background.
In black-and-white, Kudrow taps the clapboard. Perry takes a piggyback ride with Cox.
Back in color, the directors watch the various screens.
In black-and-white, Aniston and Schwimmer dance across the stage. Aniston takes Phil’s glasses and puts them on her face. Cox tries them on next. Perry hides.
In color, Perry and LeBlanc dance on stage. Schwimmer presses the keys on the piano and the pianist slaps his hand. Aniston taps the tambourine and checks out her reflection. LeBlanc and Schwimmer lift the pianist off his bench.
In black-and-white, Perry slaps his butt with the tambourine. Schwimmer look at each other and then pick up the smaller instruments on the piano. Cox puts her arms around Danny and plays the guitar. Cox taps the drummer on his head and he falls down.
Back in color, Cox plays the drums. Aniston and Kudrow play the guitars. Kudrow pretends to bite the guitar. Schwimmer starts to direct. LeBlanc points as he sings into the microphone. Everyone poses for three group photos. The directors rub their hands together as the shoot finishes.
The television show, “Friends,” which followed single twentysomethings Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and her brother, Ross living in New York City was a cultural phenomenon in 1995. It took off in season two as Rachel and Ross discover their feelings for one another. The cast became household names and women began requesting “The Rachel” at their hair salons. By season 3, the cast had negotiated better salary deals as a group, which was unheard of at the time. However, the cast doesn’t seem interested in rebooting their characters almost 20 years later. David Schwimmer told People Magazine in January 2018 that “ I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers.”
However, with the coffeehouse at its center, “Friends” is a show firmly entrenched in the 90s. Twenty years later, the coffeehouse has likely closed and they now stand in line in their suburban Starbucks in the rare moment they do get together. Rachel worries about her retail buying job while shopping online. Phoebe posts music on her Youtube channel. In their free time, they scold their kids and take early naps.
Director: N/A Year: 1995
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