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 ...
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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
As an outdoor scene was being filmed, a man drove by and yelled, "Jane, you ignorant slut!" in reference to Curtin and Dan Aykroyd's "Point/Counterpoint" on Saturday Night Live, and the crew cracked up laughing. See more »
Jane claims to be familiar with paddling a canoe yet she sits in the wrong end when she begins to paddle it away while stealing it. See more »
What do you want?
I want you to get this lousy bank to lend me some money, or at least extend my MasterCharge limit. Oh, Patty, You've got to help me! I'm broke, flat busted broke. The house and car payments are due on Monday, I need money.
You know how banks operate. They only lend money to people who don't need it.
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After the success of NINE TO FIVE(another all-female lead comedy that took pot shots at the then-current economic malaise), the public was treated to HOW TO BEAT THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, a film that rides mainly on the comic efforts of Susan Saint-James, Jane Curtain, and Jessica Lange. All three women are facing various economic crises: Saint-James is a divorcee struggling with late child-support payments from her high-school coach ex; Curtain is a housewife dumped by her two-timing husband; and Lange is a dentist's wife whose side-line hobby of an antique store is breaking them. What to do? Plan a heist from a public relations gimmick at a local mall: a giant dome full of money that is the prize to a lottery. The comedy comes from the way these three bandits plan their rip-off. The film is full of various in-jokes about inflation and the energy crisis which used to look dated but now are becoming painfully relevant again. Garrett Morris takes a great cameo as an electric company worker whom Jane Curtain tries to hoodwink into turning her electricity back on. ("What's that mother? Your dialysis machine stopped going cur-chunk, cur-chunk? No, I'm not on the phone with Oral Roberts!")Not a masterpiece, to be sure, but a fun way to while away the time.
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