The Out-of-Towners - Movie Synopsis & Plot
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When a mid-western couple flee their empty nest and head for the "Big Apple," a comic odyssey of unexpected calamities yanks them through the most bizarre 24 hours of their lives. Living in the unexpected, they take chances, go with the flow and ultimately find themselves - and each other. At the end of the day, they discover that sometimes there is nothing so right as when everything goes wrong.
"The Out-Of-Towners" reunites Academy Award nominee Steve Martin and Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn as Henry and Nancy Clark, a couple whose passion got filed somewhere between mortgage payments and college loans for the kids. When Henry goes to New York for an important job interview, the itinerary for the Clarks is clear: groom Henry for success and rediscover the spark their marriage once held.
Henry is a meticulous advertising executive from Ohio who runs his comfortable life by the numbers and by the book.
Nancy, a captivating romantic who wants to "suck the marrow out of life," will do anything it takes to create more passion in their marriage, even if her husband loses his mind in the process.
What starts out as a predictable business trip turns into a riotous series of mishaps that weaves through Central Park, Greenwich Village, Times Square, the Fulton Fish Market and ultimately soars completely out of control when the overwhelmed couple arrive at a luxurious hotel. It is here they meet Mersault (John Cleese), an imperious, aristocratic hotel manager who becomes hilariously caught up in Nancy and Henry's mid-life crisis.
"The Out-of-Towners" is a funny, touching and ultimately honest look at love and marriage. The comedy - and the romance - come from how Henry and Nancy deal with the unexpected twists in the road.
The original "Out-of-Towners" starred Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis as the Clarks, and was directed in 1970 by Arthur Hiller from a screenplay by Neil Simon. The current version was updated for the nineties by screenwriter Marc Lawrence in a version that respected the classic theatrics of Neil Simon yet pushes the envelope of the situation by wrapping it around two baby boomers who trade in their empty nest for adventure on the road.