Frank Oz (1992)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Goldie Hawn is at her dippiest as waitress Gwen, who overturns the life of Steve Martin's staid architect Newton Davis in this likeable if somewhat silly romantic comedy. Davis is recovering from rejection by the love of his life (Dana Delany) when he meets Gwen, who decides to help his convalescence by moving into the dream house he has built but left empty after getting the elbow from his dream woman. When Gwen tells the neighbourhood that she's his new wife, the comic complications pile on, to generally amusing effect. Mark Stein's screenplay has all the elements that you would expect of a classic screwball comedy. It's the old loathers becoming lovers scenario - imagine Cary Grant being jilted by Carole Landis only to be swept off his feet by a madcap Katharine Hepburn and you get the basic idea. What makes this such a cosy watch is that we've seen Martin and Hawn play these kind of characters before. As he proved in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Martin is a master when it comes to put-upon types whose initial frosty frustration gradually thaws into fond acceptance, while Hawn has been playing dizzy kooks since the heyday of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Spouting increasingly fabulous fibs is one thing, but playing stooge is quite another and director Frank Oz is fortunate in having Julie Harris and Donald Moffat backing up the leads as Martin's uncomprehending but trusting parents. It's flawed but fun.


An architect has a fling with a kooky waitress, who takes it upon herself to move into his house and pass herself off as his wife. When the woman he is actually in love with says she thinks the sham marriage is good for him, he decides to play along with the deception. Romantic comedy, starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Donald Moffat and Julie Harris.

Cast & Crew

Newton Davis Steve Martin
Gwen Goldie Hawn
Becky Dana Delany
Edna Davis Julie Harris
George Davis Donald Moffat
Marty Peter MacNicol
Ralph Richard B Shull
Mary Laurel Cronin
Director Frank Oz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama