The Check Is in the Mail... (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  March 1986 (USA)
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Frustrated with all the minor irritants of the rat-race Richard Jackson decides to buy a goat, disconnect the electricity and become self-sufficient. But will this life be any less annoying?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jackson
Peggy Jackson
Robin Jackson
Gary Jackson
Chris Hebert ...
Danny Jackson
Katherine Saltzberg ...
Sally (as Kathy Maisnik)
Thomas Rollerson ...
Sally' boyfriend
Harry Danvers
Dr. Brannigan
Beau Starr ...
Emily Banks ...
Travel agent
Fred Pinkard ...
Nanci Christopher ...
Airline representative
Richard Minchenberg ...
Paul Silver
Christopher Rydell ...
Drunken sailor (as Chris Rydell)


Frustrated with all the minor irritants of the rat-race Richard Jackson decides to buy a goat, disconnect the electricity and become self-sufficient. But will this life be any less annoying?

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PLASTIC MONEY... PHONY CREDIT... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! There comes a time where the AMERICAN FAMILY has had it!!! And if that sounds familiar, you've just figured out how to BEAT THE SYSTEM!!! See more »




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March 1986 (USA)  »

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A csekk a postán van  »

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Shot in 1984. Not given a theatrical release date until 1986. See more »


Richard Jackson: [Richard rides his bicycle down the streets and almost runs over Donald, carrying shopping bags]
Richard Jackson: I'm sorry, Donald! I didn't see you!
Donald: [Angrily] Hey, Jackson! There's a plane leaving in the morning for Moscow. Why don't you get on it? Commie bastard! Left-wing freak!
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The price of life... (spoilers)
23 November 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Check is in the Mail reminds me a lot of a little-known early 80s movie called Packin' It In in which Richard Benjamin plays a husband and father who, absolutely fed up with city-life (in that 'Prisoners of Second Avenue' kind of way) and all of its nuisances, decides to move his family to the country for some good IL' backwoods survivalism. This theme shows up again in the Albert Brooks/Julie Hagerty comedy, Lost In America, in which a husband, distraught with his yuppie life not going as planned, encourages his wife to join him and cash in all of their chips to buy an RV and live the nomadic life, Easy Rider style (sort of). The Check is in the Mail is about yet another husband/father (played by Brian Dennehy) who becomes beaten by the price of living, that he declares war on the system.

It is a certain brand of eighties comedy (aside from the theme). You know, those goofy, cheap 80s comedies with the illustrated box covers. This one, in particular models humor along the lines of the Beverly D'Angelo comedy, 'Finders Keepers' (which coincidentally also features Dennehy in a supporting role). Not side-splittingly funny, but a story that is somewhat off-the-wall (despite following a thematic trend). It's amusing light comedy, and worth a shot if you can find it.

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