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David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong. Written by
Considered a "yuppie" version of Easy Rider (1969). The picture uses that film's famous song "Born to Be Wild" in the movie whilst the favorite film of the motorcycle-cop who pulls over the Howards is also Easy Rider (1969). Albert Brooks has said that the film intentionally plays on on the notion of the 1960s Easy Rider (1969) generation dropping out again in the 1980s but this time as "yuppies" not "hippies". The David Howard character actually says in the film that they should drop-out "like in Easy Rider (1969)". See more »
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Los Angeles ad agency exec David Howard (Albert Brooks, who also directed and with Monica Johnson co-wrote the script) doesn't get the promotion he expected. In fact he's being sent to New York. He blows his stack, does a "you can take this job and shove it" routine and is out the door. He tells his wife Linda (Julie Hagerty, whom I recall as the flight attendant in the very funny Airplane!(1980)) that this is all for the best because, like his hero from the movie Easy Rider (1969), he wants to quit the rat race, drop out of society and just get on the road and see America.
She too quits her job. They sell the house, consolidate their cash, buy a Winnebago and hit the road. How wonderful it is going to be! Well, no. Of course things go haywire. I'll leave the details for you to observe while noting that this is a funny and ultimately charming movie, a romantic comedy for the already married done in a low-key manner ending in yuppie irony.
See this for Albert Brooks whose modest career includes roles in some fine flicks most notably, Broadcast News (1987), and Taxi Driver (1976).
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