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HAWN AND GRODIN CHASE NEIL SIMON'S 'SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES'

VideoDisc for Seems like Old TImes Year; 1980 Rates: ****

While the Hitchcock-style Goldie Hawn romp FOUL PLAY got the critical accolades, with Chevy Chase as her personal Cary Grant, SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES is not only a funnier pairing but better suits Chase's physical comedy...

Even though Hawn, as the wife of a prominent D.A., is the central character, we begin with her flaky ex-husband Chase, an ex-con journalist kidnapped to rob a bank, becoming the Wrong Man and sent into hiding... into Hawn's busy house housing not only her important husband but a nagging maid, a crooked chauffeur and a bevy of orphaned dogs.

Released in 1980 with a funky disco soundtrack crashing conservative suburbia, Neil Simon's clever dialogue orchestrates frantic situations around every corner where Chase wields offbeat slapstick made famous on SNL, including one scene where only his hands provide the highjinks... better than most comedic actors do using their entire bodies. But with Charles Grodin as the foiled "straight man" victim to his defense-attorney wife's eccentric tastes (more riled-up and neurotic than his usual deadpan), including a dim spark still held for husband number one, SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES is a three-tier, bedroom-farce throwback also featuring Robert Guillaume as Grodin's governmental sidekick and Harold Gould as a perplexed judge, keeping up with the ever-changing plot along with the audience, exhausted in the best possible way.

Golden voiced Harold Gould in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Chevy Chase in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Charles Grodin in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Charles Grodin in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES with Goldie Hawn for the Rabbits in the Garden scene
Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES with TK Carter as the chauffeur
Snippy Mexican Maid Yvonne Wilder ("feet scraped") in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Pee Wee's Judd Omen, Chevy Chase & Marc Alaimo in Seems like Old Times
Hands under the bed Chevy Chase scene from Seems like Old Times
Chevy Chase and T.K. Carter in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Robert Guillaume, Charles Grodin in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES w/ Goldie & Chevy
The trio of SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES directed by Jay Sandrich
Goldie Hawn courting SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Goldie Hawn starring in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES

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