Sure, this movie may have no redeeming qualities, but today redeeming qualities are not my goal. I am looking for the lighter side of life and here, ladies and gentlemen, it will be found.
Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn are best friends who live together and work together. In a sudden twist, they decide for some reason to get married and travel across country to meet the prospective families. For some reason, they go by train, I know they told but I forget right now. Their train ride is full of mistakes, they are forced to share this tiny cabin and minuscule bathroom, adding even more trauma to the event.
Reynolds mother (Audra Lindley) is an avid photographer, everything must be documented, and they are met at the door with flashing bulbs. In addition, Reynolds sister, going through a divorce, has moved back home with mommy and daddy, bringing along some very active children. There is a hilarious scene where Hawn, the prospective mother-in-law and the sister-in-law, go on a shopping trip. Hawn, tense from the travel and meeting the new family, takes a Valium - or 12 - to get her through the meeting, ending up face down in her salad, in typical Hawn fashion!
Next we are off to meet Hawns' parents played by Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes, in frigid upstate New York, much to Reynolds dismay being a southern boy. Hughes has discovered the wonders of Playboy, as well as being just a tad bit over friendly with the cleaning lady. In one of the funniest scenes I have seen for a while, Hawn is taking a bath and Tandy comes in to give her the mother-daughter talk (little late). While in the bath, the steam fogs her glasses and she swears she is going blind - I know, you had to be there!
Underlying the entire thing is the fact that Hawn and Reynolds are on a dead line for a story but have met a brick wall - one meeting the parents and two, they are beginning to doubt their relationship. Their producer, Ron Silver, locks them in a room together until they resolve their differences and get the story written.
In typical older Hollywood fashion, this is just a good story. Not all the scenes are good and some of the story line is a little weak, but the interaction between Reynolds, Hawn and the parents makes the movie worth watching. As opposed to a lot of stories about Hollywood types getting together, these trials that face them could be things the common folk meet in their everyday life.
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, Barnard Hughes, Audra Lindley, Keennan Wynn, and Ron Silver
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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends." Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("How Do You Keep the Music Playing?").