Mikey and Nicky
New Books Network 2023
How good of a friend are you? Would the dependable character actor play you in a movie--or are you often resentful and jealous of your friends? Do you have that one friend with whom you've lost touch but won't call because you're too stubborn to pick up the phone? Mike and Dan talk about Mickey and Nicky (1976), Elaine May's incredibly bleak and fascinating study of a friendship gone bad. If you haven't seen this one, find it on YouTube or the Criterion Channel, watch it, and then give this a listen. We promise you'll be as entertained and enlightened as the characters are envious and conflicted. Good times!
This collection of essays about the films of Elaine May has a chapter on Mikey and Nicky.