Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Out of Towners

director: Arthur Hiller
year: 1970
with: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron, Paul Dooley, etc.

plot: George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company's Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in New York City. George is looking forward to their future life in New York City, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. For George's 9 am interview, George and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York at 8 pm the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York's finest restaurant, The Four Seasons, and a comfortable night's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan. In fact, what can go wrong, does...

what I liked: It is funny, it is good entertainment and stylish in it's own 1970 way.

what I didn't like: The open end was slightly dissatisfying (a hijacked plane isn't overly hilarious nowadays again) and Sandy Dennis as has one of those faces I constantly wanna slap which isn't best.

verdict: I was really excited to finally watch this one as the 1999 remake of it starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn is one of my all time favourite films. As I have seen the remake first and love it this one didn't have an easy start. It is funny, I enjoyed the more subtle humour but it doesn't have that constant firework of jokes the remake has in my opinion. Still very worth seeing!

1 comment:

  1. I think it is very difficult to be better than Steve Martin (if one likes Steve Martin, of course ;) )