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Packin' It In (1983)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 7 February 1983
In quest of a wholesome place to live: at first the Webbers laugh at their neighbors when they leave L.A. for the mountains of Oregon. But when they recognize the same symptoms in their ... See full summary »

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Gary Webber
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Dianne Webber
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Charlie Baumgarten
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Rita Baumgarten
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Melissa Webber
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Brooklyn Mary
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Zack Estep
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Howard Estep
David Hollander ...
Jay Webber
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Cliff, Gary's Coworker (as Philip Proctor)
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Mrs. Estep
Ivan Bonar ...
Gas Station Attendant
Clinton Dean ...
Johnny Crud
Laura Bruneau ...
Claire Estep
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Dr. Langendorf
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In quest of a wholesome place to live: at first the Webbers laugh at their neighbors when they leave L.A. for the mountains of Oregon. But when they recognize the same symptoms in their family that made the neighbors leave, they follow them. However their new domicile is a bit more apart from the civilization than expected. Even then it's not a paradise: their neighbors are weird, the next shop is miles away and their house lacks even the most basic comfort. How long will it take until they're packin' it in again? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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7 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Following Tempest, this is the second movie that Molly Ringwald co-starred in where her father, tired of city life, moves her to a rural location. See more »

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Green acres?
12 November 2002 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I found it on sale at a video store for a buck, so I checked it out.

It's not too bad. Kind of funny, really.

This movie is a little like Prisoners of Second Avenue or at least a 1980s made-for-tv version of Walden. It's good old get back to nature. Living in Los Angeles is hell for one family. The husband gets laid off after 17 years of working at his job, the teachers burn down the school, the daughter is dating a punker named Johnny Crud, the eleven year old son is taking up smoking, and there is toxic waste bubbling up from the bathtub.

So, when his neighbor decides that he has had enough of living in the city and packs up his family to live at a place called WoodCrest, this guy decides to do the same with his family.

But the country life is no blessing, and is also no easy adjustment. It doesn't help either when your neighbors are a bunch of wackos, specially the 'survivalist' family that lives in a bunker and hoards supplies, waiting for the day that an economic depression or a natural disaster or something will come and destroy everything.

But the family really wants to know if the city sucks and the country does too, then where is a great place to live?

Molly Ringwald is in it as the Valley Girl kind of kid. Sort of funny how she puts on the Valley Girl talk in her pre-country scenes.

It's really a like it or don't like movie, I guess.


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