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Modern Problems (1981)

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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Mitch Kreindel ...
Barry
Arthur Sellers ...
Mobile Supervisor
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Pete
Neil Thompson ...
Controller #1
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Controller #2
Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Tile Man
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Dubrovnik
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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25 December 1981 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The make and model of the new car that Max Fiedler (Chevy Chase) drove throughout the movie was a 1981 Lancia Beta Coupé. See more »

Goofs

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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Darcy: [the camera pans over from a shot of a bottle of champagne and some empty glasses, to Max and Darcy, who are in bed, naked and kissing passionately. She is moaning lightly, but eventually she gently pushes him off her] Alright, Max, wait. I'm feeling a little tense or something. I don't know.
Max Fielder: I'm not finished yet, honey.
Darcy: I know...
Max Fielder: [Whispering] I'm not finished.
Darcy: [Whispering, barely audible] I know...
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References The Groove Tube (1974) See more »

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Gonna Get It Next Time
Performed by The Tubes
Arranged and produced by David Foster
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Lyrics by Adrienne Anderson
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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a great reunion from "The Groove Tube"
30 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The director and star of the 1974 classic "The Groove Tube" reunited to make the wacky "Modern Problems", in which air traffic controller Max Fiedler (Chevy Chase) gets exposed to nuclear waste and uses his new powers to play all sorts of tricks. It's hard to say what was my favorite scene; there were so many funny ones (the ballet sequence was a real hoot, as was the restaurant scene).

Look, you just gotta see this movie. It's so hilarious and truly shows Chevy Chase during his heyday at his best. I know that in later years he degenerated into crappy fare like "Cops and Robbersons", but this affirms that he really can play a great role. A person would have to lack a sense of humor not to like this movie. Also starring Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, Nell Carter and Brian Doyle-Murray.

And also check out "The Groove Tube".


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