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The Out-of-Towners

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sex talk and slapstick violence in screwball comedy remake.

Movie PG-13 1999 91 minutes
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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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