Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany
Huh, a Frank Oz directed romantic comedy with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn? That sounds like exactly the kind of movies I was raised on, yet I hadn’t heard of this one before yesterday. Well, no time like the present, I guess.
Steve Martin is an architect who builds a fabulous house for the girl he wants to marry, but she says no. Later he meets a waitress (Hawn) who turns out to be a con artist and she moves in to his big abandoned house. As the people in the small town take notice, she claims to be Martin’s wife and they just got married. When Martin finds out, he learns that this is making the woman he actually likes more interested in him, and they both put up a charade of this marriage so he can win the girl and she can live in a house.
It’s fairly funny. You get set up with the situation pretty quickly and the leads have good chemistry with each other. Plus, this is Steve Martin before he started getting pretty bad, and he was making me laugh. Mostly what I liked about the movie was the ending, where (spoiler alert, I guess) he starts making up lies about their relationship to convince her to stay (of course they end up together), mirroring what they had been doing the whole film, except now for a “healthier” purpose. It kinda reminded me of a wackier, young Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in that respect.