Seems Like Old Times
alone - at last...
Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks.
You never appreciate bathrooms fully until you are wanted by the law
"Chester. You just went through a stop sign."
"I can't help it. I don't like to read when I drive."
The last half hour is really really funny. Grodin, Hawn & Chase (not to mention the scene stealing T.K. Carter) all shine.
And Grodin dealing with a bunch of unruly dogs (one of which is a Saint Bernard)? This has to be the inspiration for Beethoven, right?
I had seriously never heard of this film starring Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Charles Grodin and a fun discovery it was indeed.
Chase is kidnapped and has to commit a bank robbery for two thugs after which he gets chased by the police. He then turns to ex-wife Hawn for help who now lives with her husband, the district attorney (Grodin). Part farce, part romantic comedy, but doesn't succumb to easy endings and always deadpan - something with which these leads can be trusted quite competently.
"Seems Like Old Times", is a very talky movie about Chevy trying to win back his ex wife, a screen play by playwright Neil Simon drives character interaction instead of traditional movie excitement.
It's almost as if "Seems Like Old Times" is referring to how movies were made in the 50's and 60's, out of time for the 80's.
Goldie Hawn steals most of the scenes, Chevy is reduced to general buffooning.
Goldie Hawn is in top-form, absolutely nailing every bit of comic timing and an especially hilarious monologue where she teeters on hysteria. Neil Simon's zany script feels stagebound. While there's elaborate physical comedy that's rather filmic, there are just as many stagnant, dialogue-driven long takes. Chevy Chase and Charles Grodin are likable enough, but Hawn upstages anyone and everyone.
"I knew you were the one person in the World who could help me."
"I can't help you."
"Maybe it was someone else I was thinking of."
An old school Chevy Chase film that I hadn't seen before? That's what I call a successful Sunday morning.
"Seems Like Old Times" showcases Neil Simon doing what Neil Simon does best: creating harmless, solid little comedies that don't tax the intellect or give you much to remember, but which are pleasant enough while you're actually watching them.
This one re-teams Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase two years after they had shown how much screen chemistry they had together in "Foul Play." Hawn is the wife of the L.A. district attorney (Charles Grodin), while Chase is the ex-husband who comes tumbling (literally) back into her life when he finds himself in a desperate situation. It all plays out like a screwball comedy or bedroom farce, and most of the jokes hit their mark. The three main stars are helped by a good supporting cast of mostly unknowns.
It's nothing special, but it is at least comedic.
Fun movie. Wish they still made "clean" comedies like this today rather than the crude and rude humor. Chevy Chase is his usual deadpan self, Charles Grodin plays the establishment foil, and Goldie steals the show as the woman in the middle.
I thought this was really quite funny, although it does drag in places. Chevy Chase is outdone by Charles Grodin and Goldie Hawn, who probably bring the most laughs to the farcical proceedings. Overall, Seems Like Old Times is a light and fun comedy worth a try for those who don't mind such "Hollywood nonsense."
Not one of the best films from these stars.
I either saw this once or have just seen some of it on cable as a child, cause I remembered a whole lot in this film.
While I am not a big fan of films that feel like plays, this one had enough humor and three amazing performances to really entertain me.
I know many hate him, but Chase was such a fun actor back in the day. His dead pan comedy just works for me and he has so many great one liners here. Hawn is equally fun, maybe the best I have ever seen her.
Even Grodin, playing the basic foil in the film, is just so likable and all his bickering with the dogs was fun.
The ending is a smidge over the top, but this one is a lot more fun then the reviews on here led me to believe.
"Seems Like Old Times" takes advantage of it's fun premise and results into an entertaining screwball comedy with intriguing scenarios, and shining chemistry between Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, whom each shine with their respective performances.
Not much of a movie, but Chevy Chase flirting with Goldie Hawn circa 1980 was quite charming. The dinner scene is legitimately hilarious, but the rest of the film is not quite so successful. All I can say about the ending is...Poor Charles Grodin!
It has no illusions about being anything but a farce, and you shouldn't either. Grodin, Hawn, and Chase are all great at the physical work and mugging required. Sort of a proof of concept for Fletch five years later.
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