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"He loves you. Do what he says."
  • PG
  • 1980
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.3  (988)

Simon is a 1980 American romantic-comedy directed by Marshall Brickman and stars Alan Arkin, as the titular character Simon, Madeline Kahn as Simon's ex-wife, and Austin Pendleton as Simon's friend. The film opens with the introduction of Simon, a modest and reserved librarian who lives in New York City. Simon is the youngest of three siblings, and his older brother, who happens to be a successful businessman, has been reprimanding him for leading an unambitious life. However, Simon is content with his low-key lifestyle and finds peace in cataloging books.

One day, Simon visits a hypnotist, and under hypnosis, he uncovers a past-life regression, where he realizes that he is a Spanish artist from the 19th century. Intrigued by his discovery, Simon seeks the help of a psychic, where he is told that the woman he has been searching for could be alive in the present age.

Simon then embarks on a quest to find the woman he believes to be his soulmate. He meets the charming and quirky actress, Bobbi, but their first encounter is far from a fairy tale. Bobbi passes out from intoxication, and Simon takes her to his apartment to let her sleep it off. The next morning, Bobbi is shocked to find herself in Simon's apartment and assumes he took advantage of her.

However, Simon's gentlemanly demeanor and his pursuit to prove his innocence intrigue Bobbi, and she agrees to help Simon find the woman he is searching for. Together, they travel to Spain, where Simon believes his past life took place, and they encounter various obstacles and mishaps along the way.

During their journey, Simon and Bobbi grow closer and share some tender moments, but Simon cannot shake off his obsession with finding his soulmate. Meanwhile, Simon's ex-wife, played by Madeline Kahn, resurfaces in his life, causing Simon to question his motives and desires.

In the end, Simon finds the woman he has been searching for, but he also realizes the depth of his feelings for Bobbi. Simon must choose between his obsession with his past life and the bright future with Bobbi.

One of the most striking elements of Simon is the phenomenal chemistry between Arkin and Kahn. They depict the dynamics of a divorced couple with effortless grace and humor.

Austin Pendleton, who plays Simon's friend, adds fantastic comic relief, bringing much-needed lightness to the film's dramatic essence.

Simon is a masterful blend of romance, comedy, and drama, highlighting the importance of living in the present and cherishing what one has. It is a feel-good movie with an intelligent script and an outstanding ensemble cast, making it a must-watch for anyone looking for a delightful, heartwarming story.

In conclusion, Simon is a movie that proves how sometimes, the journey is more important than the destination. It takes the audience on an unforgettable adventure filled with laughs, love, and moving performances.

Simon is a 1980 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (988)