The Out-Of-Towners (1999)

SAM WEISMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Cherry Alley Productions, Cort/Madden Productions, Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company, The Cort/Madden Company.  Screenplay by , based on the screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Remarkably unremarkable comedy that should have been better considering the talent involved; on the other hand, Neil Simon’s original script didn’t exactly turn heads when it was first filmed in 1969, so why on earth would doing it again make it any better?  Goldie Hawn and ably fill in for Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis as a midwestern couple who come to New York City on business only to find themselves nearly torn apart by the Big Apple: they get rerouted to Boston, upon arrival in Manhattan they get mugged, they can’t get a hotel room, they can’t get food, they get arrested, and all before Martin has to give a good enough interview to get a job at an advertising firm. Timing from these two is dead-on, but the rest of the proceedings are pretty lackluster and only just above adequate.

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