The Out-of-Towners

Published August 8, 2021

The Out-of-Towners

Film info

  • Title The Out-of-Towners
  • Director Sam Weisman
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 30m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline They fell in love 24 years ago... and in the next 24 hours, they'll remember why

Neil Simon comedy that follows a couple's mishaps as they travel to New York for a job interview. A series of comedic disasters follows that might make one think twice before visiting the Big Apple.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:53 They have too many pillows.
2:38 Haha Bond films as a representation of women. HA.
4:56 “I’m in advertising, I’m weak and I follow the crowd.”
10:03 Oh, I love her, but this is the worst surprise ever.
16:00 They can’t have made their train…
16:43 They didn’t make the train.
20:09 “I wouldn’t know how to imply a turn.”
25:59 WHO let John Cleese run a hotel?
37:58 “It wasn’t really a lie, it was an incremental accumulation of half-truths.”
52:57 They manage to destroy everything they touch, it’s a skill!
59:45 Central Park is endlessly fascinating to me. So big.
1:07:00 Don’t just take a random tablet that a stranger gives you.
1:11:27 I love his ’too confining’ walk!
1:17:10 They just broke Paul and left him in the lift!
1:18:06 “You’re hungry. If I just get you a cracker, you’ll be filled with hope again.”


Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin are a pretty much golden couple of the 1990s comedy genre, so this held a lot of promise right from the get-go! Initially, it felt just like a remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles rather than its original outing in 1970, but then they actually get to their New York destination so then it becomes a bit more of a destination rather than a travel comedy.

And it’s good. You just keep thinking, what else can possibly go wrong? But they always manage to find something! Plus… John Cleese is in it as a very grumpy hotel owner. Incredible.

Rating: 4 / 5

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