Movie: Seems Like Old Times
Release Date: December 19, 1980
Director: Jay Sandrich
Starring: Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume.
Tag Lines: “Alone – at last…”
Relevance: My mom was a big Goldie Hawn fan since her early days in “Laugh-In.” My dad was an even bigger fan of Chevy Chase. So when HBO started playing ‘Seems Like Old Times,’ we watched it. We watched it a lot.
For me, sometimes the greater enjoyment I get out of a movie is hearing the reactions of others that are watching it with me. I honestly don’t remember the first time that I saw ‘Seems Like Old Times.’ What I do remember though are my parents laughing at it. A lot. Both my mom and dad had very distinct, hearty, infectious laughs. As a child, I used to love that sound of their laughter filling the house and this was one movie that accomplished that task. Every time the movie was on, one of them or all of us ended up watching it. I am sure at ten or eleven, a lot of the jokes went over my head, but I laughed anyway. Because they did.
As I got older and continued to watch the movie, I fell in love with it on a whole other level. It is an old school farce with a silly plot but executed superbly by the incredible ensemble cast. There are so many ridiculous, laugh out loud moments to enjoy. And I did. Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn became some of my favorite actors. They star in another one of my favorite movies from that era that I will be watching a little later this year as part of this project. Their chemistry on screen is palpable and I wanted every movie to star these two comedians. Basically because I wanted to laugh. And because I wanted to hear my parents laugh.
‘Seems Like Old Times’ is not a movie I visit very often, but one that I think about a lot. I can’t tell you how many times when my husband asks me what I want for dinner my response is “Chicken Pepperoni. Aurora’s Chicken Pepperoni.” And I laugh.
Today’s Thoughts: I do not own ‘Seems Like Old Times’ and have not seen it in its entirety in decades, so I was most excited to finally watch it again today.
The movie made me feel today the same way it made me feel in the 1980’s. Happy. Very, very happy. It is such a silly comedy, but it still made me laugh out loud. Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase are so good together. I can still hear my parents laughing at their antics. And was there anyone better than Charles Grodin as the “straight” guy? His comic timing is impeccable. The three of them together are priceless and when I wasn’t laughing, I was at least smiling. It was also nice to see Miles Webber from “The Golden Girls” a/k/a Harold Gould as Judge John Channing. He has some really great lines and facial expressions that cracked me up.
I had the pleasure of acting in two Neil Simon plays during my career as a community theater actor. Let me just tell you, he is not an easy writer to conquer. They were two of the most difficult roles that I ever tackled. Comedy is hard. His comedy is even harder. Watching this movie today I had an even bigger respect for the actors as they delivered his screenplay effortlessly.
If you are not familiar with ‘Seems Like Old Times,’ I urge you to check it out and give it a try. It is bound to make you giggle a bit. It made me laugh. It also made me remember how my parents used to laugh when they watched it. And that is a memory I’d love to have and share every day for the rest of my life.
And now I am craving Chicken Pepperoni. Aurora’s Chicken Pepperoni.
Ways to Watch: Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, DVD Availability.