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Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

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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. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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One of eleven movies made by writer Neil Simon and producer Ray Stark. The films, most made at Rastar Pictures with film studio Columbia, include Murder by Death (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978), California Suite (1978), Chapter Two (1979), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Lost in Yonkers (1993). The production of Seems Like Old Times (1980) marked the seventh teaming of writer Simon and filmmaker Stark. See more »

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Although he begins to serve her, Nicholas fails to serve chicken to Glenda during the dinner party with the Governor. As Nicholas leaves the room, all guests have chicken on their plate sans Glenda, yet everyone goes about eating as normal. (Ironically, at approx 1 hr 12 min, Glenda had just said "You think I'm going to eat that stuff??") See more »

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Glenda Gardenia Parks: If you're innocent, they'll never send you to jail.
Nick Gardenia: Is that how it works, Chester?
Chester: Not in my neighborhood.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Oh! Heavenly Dog (2016) See more »

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The High and the Mighty
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Portion whistled by Chevy Chase
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Plot is similar to "The Talk of the Town" with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur...
24 April 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

But nothing else is comparable to that Columbia comedy/romance from 1942 wherein Cary tries to hide out in Jean Arthur's house and she tries to keep Ronald Colman from finding out.

Part of the problem here is the script. Neil Simon is a very fine writer of screen comedies, as everyone knows, but this is not one of his best efforts. It's all overdone--the humor, the situations, the dogs most of all, the whole plot is a lot of fluffy nonsense.

Anybody who thinks this is superior to FOUL PLAY, the previous outing with GOLDIE HAWN and CHEVY CHASE, hasn't got all their marbles. This is so far down the line from that previous comedy that mixed laughs with chills that it's not funny. Neither is the film.

Have to give this one a thumbs down for lack of sparkling wit. Goldie and Chevy and CHARLES GRODIN deserve better than this.


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