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Actors: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese

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Henry and Nancy Clark are New Jersey empty nesters who find themselves alone with each other and fallen out of love. There youngest son has just left home and Nancy (Goldie Hawn) finds herself in an identity crisis wondering what to do. Henry (Steve Martin) is an aging advertising exec who suddenly finds himself without a job. Not telling Nancy that he is unemployed, he gets an offer in New York and decided to steal away for the interview. Imagine his shock when she shows up on the plane.

The whole trip is a disaster. They are diverted to Boston, their luggage is lost, they miss the only train out to NY, they end up with an overly expensive rental car with a stuck heater and eventually crash it having not bought the extra insurance. It doesn't get any easier when the get to New York as they are mugged on the street and all funds are taken. All except a credit card that Henry stuck in his sock for safe keeping. Henry thinks their luck has finally when they arrive at their upscale hotel. He whips out the magic credit card not knowing that his daughter has ran it up over the limit causing the card to be denied. The manager Mr. Mersault (John Cleese) is overly snide with their situation. Having not eaten and no money they decided to seek out their daughter who is living in the city. They do not find her at home but they do find the neighbors vicious dog just a little unfriendly. After being chased by they dog, they end up in a support group for sexual deviants and the truth about Henry's job comes out. They finally remember the lost luggage. They return to the hotel only to find things the same as before. In a desperate attempt, Nancy pretends to pick up on a guy in the bar so that she can get a free meal. This doesn't work out either. Henry gets caught in his room and the couple flee to the roof. This actually ends up being a lucky break because they spy the snooty Mr. Mersault cross dressing in a guests leopard shoes dancing a disco.

They couple sneak away from the hotel ending up in a robber's getaway car which they get tossed out of, they pick the worst of spots to rekindle their ailing romance and Henry get arrested for relieving himself in the park. Henry comments to another prisoner that he has an headache and instead of an aspirin the prisoner slips him a mickey. Nancy places a call to the dancing manager of the hotel and reminds him of his little show. This prompts him to bail the still high Henry out of jail and return them to there newly occupied penthouse suite. Henry finally sobers up just in time for his interview and knocks their socks off with his spontaneous slogan. He is hired on the spot and returns to the hotel to inform Nancy, who is about to leave him. He chooses her as his ad partner and gives her an office of her own, thereby solving her identity crisis. The couple live happily ever after making the penthouse suite their new home and becoming fast friends with Mr. Mersault.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   vacation or seeing foreign culture How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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