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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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Mitch Kreindel ...
Barry
Arthur Sellers ...
Mobile Supervisor
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Pete
Neil Thompson ...
Controller #1
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Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Tile Man
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Dubrovnik
Christine Nazareth ...
Redhead
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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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 »

Goofs

After Max levitates the bar of soap, the soap lands in the sink. In the close-up, two holes for the string can be seen. See more »

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Lorraine: Poor guy. He's a prince who thinks he's a frog.
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Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Bruce Almighty (2003) See more »

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Excerpts from the ballet 'Coppelia'
Music by Léo Delibes
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A classic 80's comedy!
17 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not Chase's best but well worth watching for any of his fans. Some of the things he does with his powers make me laugh just thinking about them. Two highlights in particular are the restaurant scene and the ballet scene.

Dabney Coleman plays almost the same type of character as in "Nine To Five" and Nell Carter plays a hilarious voodoo lady!

If you could go back in time to 1981 and you wanted to go see a movie, and let's say Stripes and Neighbors were both sold out, I'd recommend Modern Problems.

Do not take this movie seriously! It is not a Hollywood masterpiece but it has some very funny scenes.

This is a satisfying movie to watch if you ever wanted revenge after being dumped.


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