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Modern Problems (1981)

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Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

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Barry
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Pete
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Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
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Christine Nazareth ...
Redhead
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Air traffic controller Max Fiedler is unhappy with his career and his second marriage. An exposure to toxic waste gives him the power of telekinesis. He comes to a crossroads at a beachhouse he shares with his wife, his ex, and a voodoo priestess. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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A broken-hearted man + amazing moving powers = Out-of-control fun. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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25 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Doido por Ela  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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In the opening scene what sounds like a children's program is playing on the TV in the background. It is actually a raunchy sketch called "The Koko The Klown Show" from the movie "The Groove Tube," Chevy Chase's first movie. It was also directed by Ken Shapiro, who played Koko. See more »

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Max pulls off the leaf of a plant in his apartment which disappears and reappears in his hand between shots. See more »

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Mark Winslow: I'm not a freak. He's a freak. I'm a goddamn good-looking man.
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References The Desert Rats (1953) See more »

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She Takes All Of Me
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Just...weird
11 March 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I never really got into this movie, it's more strange than it is funny. And Chevy wasn't his usual self either, he was way to morose and distant to really side with his character or empathise with him in any way.

Chevy plays Max Fielder, an air-traffic controller who's life is constantly in the toilet and bad luck follows him everywhere. He's very paranoid and possessive over his girlfriend, so much so that she dumps him for some total dork.

On his way home from a disastrous night out his car is sprayed with radioactive gunk from a leaky government truck. He is soon blessed/cursed with telekinetic abilities, which he uses to get revenge on those who make his life miserable.

It could have been really fun but it's just...weird. Ken Shapiro (who?) does not have the same edge in his direction as Harold Ramis, Michael Ritchie or John Landis and he doesn't know how to fully use Chevy's brand of humor. There are some laughs to be had though, but their not so memorable.

The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen but it's mostly all shot in soft focus so there's nothing outstanding here. The sound is plain old Mono and it's alright if nothing else, though the dialogue has very heavy use of ADR. A trailer and TV spot are included. Oh...and that theme song playing over the menu, opening and closing credits? Yuck!


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