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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A comedy for every person who has ever gotten a C.O.D. or signed an I.O.U. See more »




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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 »

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Not gonna take it anymore!
16 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Entertaining comedy worth a viewing. Brian Dennehy carries the film and does so quite well. Simply put, he portrays a guy, pharmacist by profession, who we see endure life's daily hardships and eventually gets fed up with the "system", finally deciding to fight back by throwing out his phones, light bulbs, shutting off the water, refusing to use electricity, etc. It's amusing to see, relatively speaking, how tolerant his family is and how they submit to his authority as head of the household. I'm sure this is laughable to many of today's audiences considering the declining lack of respect for the role of the father (admittedly sometimes justified, but certainly not in the general sense) and how the traditional nuclear family is perhaps near extinction. At any rate, though it does resort to one or two moments of slapstick as well as a couple of not so suitable for family viewing scenes, the film is well written and Dennehy is at the top of his game here.

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