Lookin' to Get Out
Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

Jon Voight (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Burt Young star in Hal Ashby's comedy as a pair of hapless New Yorkers who go to Las Vegas. There, they hatch a plot with ex-hooker Ann-Margret to beat the house at the MGM Grand.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 8, 1982
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The picture is a sloppy mess that stumbles toward oblivion like a drunk on a losing streak.

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Adam Lippe

Ashby's instincts are so off throughout Lookin' To Get Out that he only accentuates his major weaknesses as a filmmaker - plot twists, slapstick, chase sequences and lots of screaming that eschews any character development or scenes of insight.

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Sean Axmaker

The plot is a completely unconvincing series of coincidences but the dynamism of the characters and their friendships is marvelous.

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Variety Staff

An ill- conceived vehicle for actor (and co-writer) Jon Voight to showcase his character comedy talents in a loose, semi-improvised environment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Moronic comedy that's pleasant enough until it runs out of steam in the third act.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Hal Ashby's cut of Lookin' to Get Out is a movie that deserves to be rediscovered.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

About the only thing to be said on the film's behalf is that it does have the courage of its own mistakes. Lookin' to Get Out stays on the same wrong track from beginning to end.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

While I understand and somewhat respect the apparent improv style for this movie, it did tend to lend itself to redundant and useless dialogue.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the direction falls flat, the script is implausible...and the acting is either forced or dull.

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