Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Seems Like Old Times (1980)

For the first (and thus far the only) time in his career, Chevy Chase plays a genuinely sympathetic character in Neil Simon’s Seems Like Old Times. This time around, Chase is a divorced novelist who is abducted by crooks and set up as the fall guy in a bank robbery. Arrested, Chase manages to escape and to make his way to the home of ex-wife Goldie Hawn, now a highly respected liberal defense attorney. Chase’s unexpected arrival coincides with an important dinner party on behalf of Goldie’s current husband, district attorney Charles Grodin.

At first making every effort to give Chase the boot, Hawn, ever the champion of the underdog finally decides to help him out of his dilemma–much to the discomfort of her politically ambitious husband. Wisely, Grodin does not play his character as an unpleasant stuffed shirt; he is as likeable as Chase and Hawn, giving the farcical plot convolutions a tinge of reality. We care about the people involved, thus the laughs spring as much from characterization as they do from the situation. If only Seems Like Old Times didn’t have that lame-brained final close up.

Seems Like Old Times is a 1980 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin, directed by Jay Sandrich, with Neil Simon as screenwriter. It is the only film directed by Sandrich.

After Nick Gardenia (Chase) is forced to rob a bank, and becomes a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex-wife Glenda Parks (Hawn), a public defender. Her current husband, Ira Parks (Grodin), is the Los Angeles county district attorney, who harbors a jealous disdain towards Nick. This was the second pairing of Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, after their hugely popular Foul Play from 1978.

Seems Like Old Times Movie Poster (1980)

Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Directed by: Jay Sandrich
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume, Harold Gould, George Grizzard, Yvonne Wilder, Judd Omen
Screenplay by: Neil Simon
Production Design by: Gene Callahan
Cinematography by: David M. Walsh
Film Editing by: Michael A. Stevenson
Costume Design by: Betsy Cox
Set Decoration byB Lee Poll
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 19, 1980