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Comedy - Family

The Out-of-Towners (1999)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story A remake of the 1970 Neil Simon script, itself based on a component of “Plaza Suite” which did not make it into the play.
Writers/Script Marc Lawrence (based on the Neil Simon original)
Additional Info 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.
Director Sam Weisman
Starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese, Mark McKinney, Oliver Hudson, William Duell, John Cleese
Elevator Pitch 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.
Content 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.
A View 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.

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