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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not much in the way of positive messages in this screwball comedy.
Positive Role Models
Henry Clark shows perseverance while trying to land a new job as an advertising executive in New York City.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick violence and mild peril. A couple visiting New York City from Ohio gets a gun pulled on them during a mugging.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple accidentally ends up in a sex addict support group, where characters talk of compulsive masturbation and nymphomania. Their daughter is shown living next door to a dominatrix. This same couple is discovered trying to have sex in the grass outside Tavern on the Green. There's a cross-dressing hotel manager.
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Infrequent profanity: "bitch," "damn," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
During a scene set during an interview for an advertising firm, an ad for Snapple is prominently displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is given what he believes to be an aspirin while in jail but is actually a hallucinogenic; when released from jail, he is shown moving around under the influence of the drug. Characters drink wine, beer, and champagne. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Out-of-Towners is a 1999 remake of the 1970 movie written by Neil Simon. Two lead characters stumble into a meeting of sex addicts in which compulsive masturbation and nymphomania are discussed. A couple tries to have sex in the grass outside Tavern on the Green, and the couple's daughter lives next door to a dominatrix. A character is given what he believes to be aspirin but soon discovers that it's a hallucinogenic of some kind and acts accordingly. There is some mild profanity: "bitch," "damn," "ass." This screwball comedy also has occasional moments of slapstick violence, a cross-dressing hotel manager, and moments of near-sex interrupted at comedically opportune times. Even without the mature content, the movie's overall themes of empty nests, lackluster sex lives, and mid-life crises make this most enjoyable for teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Considering the vast talent involved in this movie, it's surprising that this remake of THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS isn't better than it is. It's entertaining, but it doesn't quite add up to a satisfying whole. For starters, there's a surprising lack of chemistry between Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and this is magnified by the urbane (if a bit dated) wit of Neil Simon's dialogue not feeling authentic coming out of their mouths. Even with John Cleese playing a somewhat tweaked version of Basil Fawlty, there still aren't as many laughs as there should be.
This formulaic film follows a familiar-enough screwball comedy-of-errors pattern that has been done better in many other movies. It isn't a bad movie so much as it's disappointing, especially for those who are fans of Simon, Martin, and Hawn.
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