The Out-of-Towners (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Out-of-Towners (1999)



Critic Consensus: Solid source material and a cast of talented comedians aren't enough to make The Out-of-Towners worth hosting on a screen of any size.

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When Frank Sinatra sang "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, it's up to you, New York!" he probably didn't have the same odds in mind that line up against Henry and Nancy Clark in The Out-Of-Towners. Henry (Steve Martin) is an advertising man from Ohio who runs his life on an exacting schedule. His wife Nancy (Goldie Hawn) feels the spark has gone out of their lives together. After 24 years of marriage, their children are grown and nothing is tying them to their old home, so they decide to take a stab at relocating to New York City. Henry arranges a job interview in the Big Apple, they schedule a flight into Manhattan, and from that point on, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Henry and Nancy's flight is delayed, their luggage is lost, their hotel reservations are cancelled, they're accosted by muggers, the cab they're riding in gets in a wreck, Henry is accidentally drugged and Nancy ends up in a group therapy meeting for sex addicts. The Out-Of-Towners is an updated remake of the 1970 comedy scripted by Neil Simon; the original version starred Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis as the hapless Midwesterners.

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John Cleese
as Mr. Mersault
Valerie Perri
as Stewardess
Steve Mittleman
as Passenger
Randall Arney
as Passenger
Carlease Burke
as Airline Representative
William Duell
as Lost Baggage Clerk
J.P. Bumstead
as Boston Cab Driver
Peggy Mannix
as Sweeper Woman
Anne Haney
as Woman in Bathroom
Charlie Dell
as Janitor on Train
Jordan Baker
as Rental Car Clerk
Tom Riis Farrell
as Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dani Klein
as Michelle
Daniel T. Parker
as Desk Clerk
Alyson Palmer
as Shoplifter
Elizabeth Ziff
as Shoplifter
Christopher Durang
as Paranoid Man
Mo Gaffney
as Paranoid Woman
Mary Testa
as Dominatrix
Monica Birt
as Supermodel
John Elsen
as Deli Guy
Babo Harrison
as Well Dressed Woman
John Mostel
as Dr. Faber
Amy Ziff
as Edward's Friend
French Napier
as Sexaholic
Joseph Maher
as Mr. Wellstone
Constance McCashin
as Mrs. Wellstone
Steve Bean
as Greg's Friend
James Arone
as Room Service Waiter
Philip Earl Johnson
as Hotel Security Man
Ernie Sabella
as Getaway Driver
John Pizzarelli
as Band Leader
Scotty Bloch
as Florence Needleman
Chris McKinney
as Arresting Cop
Joe Grifasi
as Arresting Cop
Jerome Preston Bates
as Prisoner No. 1
Jack McGee
as Sergeant Jordan
Jacinto Taras Riddick
as Prisoner No. 2
L.B. Fisher
as Howard the Bellman
Janna Lapidus
as Central Park Woman
Mandy Sigfried
as Receptionist
Jenn Thompson
as Lisa Tobin
Christopher Duva
as Barry the Bellman
Arthur French
as Cab Driver
Jessica Cauffiel
as Susan Clark
Diane Cheng
as Korean Grocer
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Critic Reviews for The Out-of-Towners

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7)

The Out-of-Towners jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Sex talk and slapstick violence in screwball comedy remake.

January 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

John Cleese upstages everyone as an arrogant New York hotel manager. His zany dancing in women's clothes brings back memories of those Monty Python silly walks sketches.

July 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Too much of the time the glow of the pair is dimmed by the labored slapstick and painful groaners.

October 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Awful remake of the hilarious Neil Simon original

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Faltou um diretor que, ao contrário de seus personagens, não estivesse completamente perdido.

May 31, 2002 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Out-of-Towners


One of Steve Martins better films, which doesn't say much.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

My two favourite comic actors team up again. Their son has just left home, so they head to New York for a break, but get into all sorts of trouble,

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Fairly fun, but nothing special.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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