MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,339 this week

How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)

5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 812 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 3 critic

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
 
a list of 103 titles
created 23 May 2012
 
a list of 397 titles
created 25 Sep 2012
 
a list of 369 titles
created 10 Dec 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980)

How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How to Beat the High Co$t of Living.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Country (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jack Hofsiss
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn
O Pioneers! (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alexandra Bergson (Jessica Lange) inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Jessica Lange, David Strathairn, Tom Aldredge
Far North (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

After being severely injured in a runaway horse accident,the family patriarch Bertram ( Charles Durning) lies in a hospital bed plotting revenge against Mel... See full synopsis »

Director: Sam Shepard
Stars: Jessica Lange, Charles Durning, Tess Harper
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jessica Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth
Frances (1982)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Rolf (Michael Cromer), a sex-advice columnist and a lecher, has affairs with numerous women, but never a permanent relationship. Suzanne, one of his ex-lovers, offers to bet that no woman ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Billian
Stars: Sybil Danning, Michael Cromer, Nino Korda
King Kong (1976)
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange
Blue Sky (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hank Marshall is a tough, square-jawed, straitlaced Army engineer and nuclear science expert, assigned to help conduct weapons-testing in 1950's America. Hank has become a thorn in the side... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When their straight-laced sister loses her job and returns home, Maria and Christel's sex lives grinds to a halt. They conspire, with the aid of a "potency pill," to change her views about sex. But little goes as planned.

Directors: Franz Antel, Michel Caputo
Stars: Sybil Danning, Eva Garden, Alena Penz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jane
...
Elaine
...
...
Albert
...
Max
Cathryn Damon ...
Natalie
...
Jack Heintzel
...
Robert
...
Gas Station Attendant
...
Bill Pike
...
Tom
...
Charlotte
Al Checco ...
Tim Lundy
Susan Tolsky ...
Patty
...
Power & Light Man
Edit

Storyline

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get married and if she wants privacy with her boyfriend, she has to sleep in the car. Even worse, her war veteran father comes to live with her to turn her life upside down. Louise lives a happy life with her veterinarian husband, Albert. She runs an antique shop on the side, but since it doesn't take in any profit, the IRS considers it a hobby. She needs to come up with the money to keep it going, or she will be trouble with the IRS. Elaine's husband has left her for another woman and without any money. She is in a constant struggle with banks, power companies, and gas stations. She needs money to get by and also catches the eye of police officer Jack. The local mall is having a contest that features a giant money ball that states it will help fight the inflation. Elaine comes up with a plan to steal the ... Written by Pat McCurry

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A new comedy for everyone who ever wanted to do to the System what the System's been doing to them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 August 1981 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

How to Beat the High Cost of Living  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Valley River Center, where the film's "mall scenes" are set, is indeed a thriving part of Eugene, OR, culture. However, the story is set during the commemoration of the "first anniversary of the Valley River Center." In actuality though, the Valley River Center had already been open for ten years as of the filming of this movie. See more »

Goofs

A crew member is visible in a car bumper at the start of the garage sale scene. See more »

Quotes

Elaine: This is an emergency!
Power and Light man: It always is.
Elaine: [Lying] No, I am serious. My mother is a very sick woman. She's in the bed next to me with her kidney machine, which has kept her alive for seven years. This wonderful 84-year-old woman!
Elaine: [pretending to talk to "mama"] What's that mama? The machine isn't going "ta-pocketa ta-pocketa ta-pocketa" anymore? Oh my God! No, I'm not talking to Oral Roberts on the phone mama, it's too late for that. But the man on the other end of the phone cares. You do care, don't you...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Did I dress that bad in 70's
16 June 2003 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Look at those clothes! Look at that wood paneling! Right on!

This movie has everything: ugly shopping mall, kids swearing, an anique shop accually called "the olde antique shop-ee", references to retainers being tightened (not a pleasent memory :P), people smoking everywhere, Jane Curtain exposing herself!

The writing is some of the worst I have experienced. You're in for a treat. The exposition is clumsy. The jokes are so corny. The storyline is literally held together with a wad of scotch tape and long string of contrived gags, dated jokes, and tired film conventions.

However, I liked it. Call me crazy. It had heart. The comedic timing is right on. All three of the female leads are genuinely funny and they had true chemistry. Jane Curtain is hilarious, she can really take some pretty bad writing and work magic with it. (hey just look at Saturday night live!). In the end, there's always a generous supply of stock characters for all the ladies to play off of. Not only did I get a kick from the endless economy jokes, but the endless wardrobe changes, and endless earthtones. (The whole movie is one big blur of brown and green.)

I honestly can't rate this movie, because it is beyond classification. Just wait until it comes on cable and tune in


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On THIS network this morning... samrose66
mad $money rnightingale-1
I need to see this movie again...anyone have it??? dugalicous
Interesting similarities . . 32 years later! jadams414
Made Entirely In Eugene knightskier
Catchy Patrick Williams score with R+B/funk overtones. swr2777-1

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?