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

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  21 August 1981 (Finland)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jack Heintzel
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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 Pat McCurry

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Louise: Oh, I don't know, there's got to be some way we can make money.
Elaine: We can make porno films and all wear ski masks.
Jane: No, Robert and I got bombed out one night. We put a little "I love you" tattoo on my ankle.
Elaine: [to Jane] Ok, we'll wear masks, you wear socks.
Louise: Come on, let's get out of here.
Elaine: What do you think about a doggy bag for the butter?
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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


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