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Seems Like Old Times(1980)

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The 1980 romantic comedy Seems Like Old Times was the second and last pairing to date of stars Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. The first time had been in the highly successful 1978 caper comedy Foul Play, which showed the stars' winning chemistry as an on-screen duo. In Seems Like Old Times, Chase plays Nick Gardenia, a writer who is kidnapped by two thugs and forced to rob a bank in California. Now a fugitive from justice, Nick hides out in the house of his ex-wife Glenda (Hawn), a soft-hearted defense lawyer whose new husband Ira (Charles Grodin) happens to be the District Attorney.

With an original screenplay by the legendary Neil Simon and direction by television comedy master Jay Sandrich, the combination of talent in Seems Like Old Times is a can't-miss formula for laughs. Simon penned some of the most famous comedies on stage and screen including Plaza Suite, Barefoot in the Park and The Goodbye Girl to name just a few. Sandrich made his name directing classic television sitcoms such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and The Cosby Show. Goldie Hawn loved the script immediately for Seems Like Old Times, though the prolific Neil Simon can hardly remember writing it. He was churning out so much work at the time that he was admittedly on creative autopilot. In some ways, Seems Like Old Times is a throwback to classic Hollywood comedies like The Talk of the Town (1942), a Cary Grant/Jean Arthur/Ronald Colman movie with a similar plotline.

Making Seems Like Old Times presented a personal challenge to Goldie Hawn. During the filming she was going through a divorce from Bill Hudson as well as juggling post-production demands on the movie she had just produced and starred in - Private Benjamin (1980). Even so, she managed to juggle everything successfully and make friends along the way. Co-star Charles Grodin remembered his time with Hawn fondly remarking what a good spirit she had on the set and how much she loved to laugh. Neil Simon called her "a rare combination. She can be very funny and very sexy. She has a true appreciation of what's funny and what's bleak in life."The work on both films paid off for Hawn. Both Private Benjamin and Seems Like Old Times were hits at the box office and helped make her an audience favorite. Seems Like Old Times harkened back to the romantic screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s, which charmed audiences. The supporting cast of actors adds a great splash of fun including Yvonne Wilder as a sassy cook, T.K. Carter as a shifty chauffeur and Robert Guillaume as Ira's law partner.

Producer: Raymond Stark
Director: Jay Sandrich
Screenplay: Neil Simon
Art Direction: Peter Smith
Cinematography: David M. Walsh
Editing: Michael A. Stevenson
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Cast: Goldie Hawn (Glenda), Chevy Chase (Nick), Charles Grodin (Ira Parks), Robert Guillaume (Fred), Harold Gould (Judge), George Grizzard (Stanley), T.K. Carter (Chester), Yvonne Wilder (Aurora De La Hoya), Judd Omen (Warren 'Dex' Dexter).
C-102m. Closed captioning.

by Andrea Passafiume

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