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||A remake of the 1970 Neil Simon script, itself based on a component of “Plaza Suite” which did not make it into the play.
||Marc Lawrence (based on the Neil Simon original)
||One of the few high points in this movie is the couple’s interaction with the baggage clerk, played by William Duell who was 76 at the time. He had made a career out of playing minor roles, starting in 1952. He died in 2011 aged 88.
||Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese, Mark McKinney, Oliver Hudson, William Duell, John Cleese
||Henry Clark is an advertising executive, who has to travel to New York from Ohio to apply for a job, and is surprised when his wife joins him on the flight. The airline loses their baggage, and in the big city they find themselves prey to thieves and con artists; and penniless must resort to subterfuge in order to survive until the following day when the man’s interview is to take place.
||The couple move through a variety of unfortunate incidents, including being robbed, getting into a taxi driven by a thief, accidentally attending a sex addict’s therapy sesssion, climbing about on the outside of their hotel, being chased by a large dog and being floodlit possibly having sex in Central Park. They have on and off interaction with a particularly authoritarian hotel manager who seems to be interested in ladies’ clothing.
||I’m afraid it is not as funny as it sounds, and the 1970 film was said to be better. I thought, Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn! What’s not to like? Quite a bit as it turned out, the script did not serve them well, although I did laugh at the sex therapy scene. So if you are looking for a zany comedy, choose something else.