The Out-of-Towners

Critics Consensus

Solid source material and a cast of talented comedians aren't enough to make The Out-of-Towners worth hosting on a screen of any size.



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Movie Info

When Frank Sinatra sang "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, it's up to you, New York!" he probably didn't have the same odds in mind that line up against Henry and Nancy Clark in The Out-Of-Towners. Henry (Steve Martin) is an advertising man from Ohio who runs his life on an exacting schedule. His wife Nancy (Goldie Hawn) feels the spark has gone out of their lives together. After 24 years of marriage, their children are grown and nothing is tying them to their old home, so they decide to take a stab at relocating to New York City. Henry arranges a job interview in the Big Apple, they schedule a flight into Manhattan, and from that point on, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Henry and Nancy's flight is delayed, their luggage is lost, their hotel reservations are cancelled, they're accosted by muggers, the cab they're riding in gets in a wreck, Henry is accidentally drugged and Nancy ends up in a group therapy meeting for sex addicts. The Out-Of-Towners is an updated remake of the 1970 comedy scripted by Neil Simon; the original version starred Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis as the hapless Midwesterners.

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John Cleese
as Mr. Mersault
Valerie Perri
as Stewardess
Steve Mittleman
as Passenger
Randall Arney
as Passenger
Carlease Burke
as Airline Representative
William Duell
as Lost Baggage Clerk
J.P. Bumstead
as Boston Cab Driver
Peggy Mannix
as Sweeper Woman
Anne Haney
as Woman in Bathroom
Charlie Dell
as Janitor on Train
Jordan Baker
as Rental Car Clerk
Tom Riis Farrell
as Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dani Klein
as Michelle
Daniel T. Parker
as Desk Clerk
Alyson Palmer
as Shoplifter
Elizabeth Ziff
as Shoplifter
Christopher Durang
as Paranoid Man
Mo Gaffney
as Paranoid Woman
Mary Testa
as Dominatrix
Monica Birt
as Supermodel
John Elsen
as Deli Guy
Babo Harrison
as Well Dressed Woman
John Mostel
as Dr. Faber
Amy Ziff
as Edward's Friend
French Napier
as Sexaholic
Joseph Maher
as Mr. Wellstone
Constance McCashin
as Mrs. Wellstone
Steve Bean
as Greg's Friend
James Arone
as Room Service Waiter
Philip Earl Johnson
as Hotel Security Man
Ernie Sabella
as Getaway Driver
John Pizzarelli
as Band Leader
Scotty Bloch
as Florence Needleman
Chris McKinney
as Arresting Cop
Joe Grifasi
as Arresting Cop
Jerome Preston Bates
as Prisoner No. 1
Jack McGee
as Sergeant Jordan
Jacinto Taras Riddick
as Prisoner No. 2
L.B. Fisher
as Howard the Bellman
Janna Lapidus
as Central Park Woman
Mandy Sigfried
as Receptionist
Jenn Thompson
as Lisa Tobin
Christopher Duva
as Barry the Bellman
Arthur French
as Cab Driver
Jessica Cauffiel
as Susan Clark
Diane Cheng
as Korean Grocer
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Critic Reviews for The Out-of-Towners

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Audience Reviews for The Out-of-Towners

  • Aug 20, 2017
    Oh my goodness, I have finally been allowed by the movie gods to finish watching this movie. To give you a bit of perspective on how impossible it has been for me to watch this, I started watching this on Monday, August 14th. It is no Sunday, August 20th and today is when I was finally able to squeeze it in. I already went over this in a prior review, reason I stopped watching this, originally, was simply because I was tired and I wanted to rest, so I shut it off. Come Tuesday, I find no time to watch it and I watch another film instead. Come Wednesday, I start watching another movie and I'm forced to stop it as a result of the WiFi going out. I am without WiFi from 11 pm Wednesday until, like, 5-6 pm on Friday. That night I watch The Outcasts without any issues. Come Saturday morning, around 2 am, we have a brownout here. That means that I lose some electricity, but not all of it. I can charge my phone and use the WiFi, but I can't turn on the TV or my PS4 (which is the device I use to watch movies). Electricity doesn't come back until noon. I go to sleep, since I hadn't slept at all, and we have another brown out at around 2 pm or something. Comes back at 4 pm, which is finally when I'm able to get even a few hours of sleep. Yesterday I'm able to watch Desierto on Netflix. And, finally, almost a week after the fact, I can finally finish watching this. After all that build up and waiting to see if I could find a moment to watch this, did this end up being worth the wait? Eh, not really. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad movie. It definitely benefits from Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin's performances. But, realistically speaking, the movie relies too much on them. What I mean by that is the fact that there's no real effort into making sure that the script is strong enough and chock full of funny situations to put the characters in. I didn't see the original movie, but I saw its trailers and there's some similarities, for sure, but I'm certain the whole scene (in this one) with Henry and Nancy having sex in public (and in front of the mayor at the time, that sycophant Rudy Guliani) was unique to the remake. It's not that the film can't rely on Goldie and Steve's comedic talents, but I also believe it has to be a bit of a give and take. And they just take and take without giving anything back to Steve and Goldie. While the idea is obviously that Nancy and Henry go through a lot of shit during their stay in New York (they were mobbed, sex in public, public urination, drugged, climbing down the side of the hotel, etc, etc), this just ends up feeling like a series of skits with no real connection to one another. Goldie and Steve are the glue that holds this together. I will say that they do try to give the characters some sort of marital strife (ie: they're bored with each other now that both of their children have left home) and that's decent enough. Not that it's anything revolutionary, but at least it's something that the leads can sink their teeth into. As much as I thought Steve and Goldie kept this from being less than what it was, I really do think that John Cleese stole the show with his character as an arrogant, rude hotel manager. This movie would have been so much better if it was just John Cleese finding clever ways to insult all the people staying in his hotel. So much better. Mr. Cleese has always been a tremendous comedic actor. His timing and delivery really is second to none. This is certainly a screwball face, but it all feels so forced. None of the shtick, outside of Cleese's, feels natural. Much like The Outcasts ticking off every high school stereotype available, this movie does the same thing but with its shtick. And again, this isn't a bad movie. Goldie, Steve and Cleese are troopers and they make the best with what they've got, but they're not miracle workers. They can't improve on a script that is inherently flawed. Maybe even purposely so, they felt they could get away with it since they had two talented comedic actors as their leads. It doesn't work that way, though, you need more than that. There's needs to be a better, more fleshed out script. I digress, its flaws are obvious to anyone with some form of sight, but this is not a bad movie in the slightest. It's just average at best, but it could have been so much better and that's what's really disappointing about it. The people behind the scenes didn't put in the work that was necessary in order to make this a good comedy. I'm not saying they didn't work hard in other aspects, but that effort was needed in the script just wasn't there. I can't recommend this, but there's considerably worse ways to spend a night. Decent movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    Remake of the classiz..Martin not quite up to par with Lemon..but movie still entertains..
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2008
    My two favourite comic actors team up again. Their son has just left home, so they head to New York for a break, but get into all sorts of trouble,
    Candy R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    I saw it in theaters and I still laugh out loud at the antics.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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