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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
Final theatrical feature film [to date, October 2013] directed by Ken Shapiro. The picture was the second of only two ever cinema movies directed by Shapiro whose first feature film had been 1974's The Groove Tube (1974) which had also featured Chevy Chase. See more »
When Chevy Chase is following the Toxic Waste truck, he is being sprayed and his car is covered with green foam. When he passes the truck on the right his car has nothing on it, on the next shot it is covered with the foam again. See more »
Max, please, what is the matter with you lately? I was kidding.
Look at my face. I can't go to dinner like this. Look.
Your face looks fine.
I'm not going. I'm staying up here.
Max. Max, you promised me that you would try to relax and be close to me this weekend.
You were only kidding?
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Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »
A must see for anyone who enjoys laughing at the complete absence of quality!
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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