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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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Mitch Kreindel ...
Barry
Arthur Sellers ...
Mobile Supervisor
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Pete
Neil Thompson ...
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Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ...
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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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Max Fielder has just discovered the power of telekinesis, and he's about to move your world. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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25 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Arthur Sellers:  One of the film's screenwriters as a mobile supervisor. See more »

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When Darcy leaves the apartment, Max is in the main room. In the next shot, he's in the Kitchen doorway. See more »

Quotes

Brian Stills: Are you still seeing things move?
Max Fielder: I'm making things move.
Brian Stills: Max, could you sit down? I have a crick in my neck.
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References Roots (1977) 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 must see for anyone who enjoys laughing at the complete absence of quality!
23 June 2000 | by (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Acting Lesson #1:

Let's say (hypothetically) that you (yes you!) are a cast member of fledgling hour-long skit-based comedy program Saturday Night Live in the Lord's year 1975. Perhaps you are one of the more popular performers on said program. All over America, SNL is exploding in popularity, and millions tune in to witness your own special brand of physical comedy. Now let's say you get cocky. You figure if you're already so popular on national television, you could become even MORE popular in the movies. So after only one year on the show, you leave to pursue a career in Hollywood. But you weren't ready. You hadn't built enough hype up as a TV star yet, and with what appears to be no consideration whatsoever, you accept every movie roll that comes along.

That, ladies and gentleman, is the story of Chevy Chase. Despite his obvious comedy genius, he blindly accepted the roll of our protagonist Max Fielder in the godawful Modern Problems. Wrought with visible camera equipment, transparent special effects, weird and upsetting continuity errors (including teleportation), and more shots of the boom mic than of Chase himself, Modern Problems is much like a poorly edited home movie.

Now we've established Chases's undiscriminating attitude, but what on earth possessed the rest of the cast? This stinker touted a few reasonably well-known names such as Dabney Coleman, Nell Carter, Mary Kay Place, SNL alum Brian Doyle-Murray, and a guest shot by Pat Proft. Perhaps the first 100 actors to sign up were given a free calendar.

Regardless, I would never pretend that this movie had no value. Like at least 60% of all films, it becomes an instant classic when you and a group of friends gather to guffaw at it's obvious shortcomings. And, heck, there are some legitimate Chevy jokes in Modern Problems. Don't miss the line "Smells like feet!"


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