Modern Problems (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  25 December 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitch Kreindel ...
Arthur Sellers ...
Mobile Supervisor
Neil Thompson ...
Controller #1
Controller #2
Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Tile Man
Christine Nazareth ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doido por Ela  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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One of numerous collaborations of actor-comedians Chevy Chase and Brian Doyle-Murray. See more »


When Dorita pours the powder around the bed it is in the shape of a square. When Max sucks the powder through his nose, it's a circle. See more »


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, and implied to be fucking. She is moaning, but eventually she gently pushes him off her] Alright Max, I'm feeling 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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Crazy Credits

Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »


References Roots (1977) See more »


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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Forgotten Chevy Chase
21 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler (Chevy Chase), 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.

The bloody nose scene goes from mildly amusing to rather revolting, and that made it something I could have done without. But that was the only really bad part of the film.

Fans of Chase may not have seen this one, as it is not well known. Younger fans (those who now know him best from "Community") will definitely not have heard of it. Check it out. Please.

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