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

 -  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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Richard Jackson
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Peggy Jackson
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Robin Jackson
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Gary Jackson
Chris Hebert ...
Danny Jackson
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Sally (as Kathy Maisnik)
Thomas Rollerson ...
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Harry Danvers
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Dr. Brannigan
Beau Starr ...
Rocco
Emily Banks ...
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Fred Pinkard ...
Skycap
Nanci Christopher ...
Airline representative
Richard Minchenberg ...
Paul Silver
Christopher Rydell ...
Drunken sailor (as Chris Rydell)
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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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Hit and miss comedy
16 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Kaufman, a talented screenwriter whose credits included FREEBIE AND THE BEAN and HOW TO BEAT THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, blows it, through no fault of his own, by this haphazard comedy directed by New York entertainer Joan Darling. This movie was so bad even legendary producer Ted Kotcheff asked to have his name removed from the credits.

Brian Dennehy stars as Richard Jackson, a pharmacist whose financial situation is suffering thanks to never-ending bills, him owing money to a loan shark (Beau Starr) and a faulty station wagon he owns. He manages to take his kids and his wife Peggy (Anne Archer) on a relaxing trip to Hawaii, but it ends up disastrous. The trip is cut short when the oldest child breaks his leg and they return home to even more problems. Having enough of the rat race, Richard decides to shut off the electricity, turn his backyard into a farm, and use the animals to get fresh eggs and milk, but soon, many of their friends turn against them and Richard begins to think all of this is a mistake.

The reason this film suffers is technically because of Dennehy and Archer, neither of whom are comic actors, by any means. There are still a few decent sequences such as the family station wagon crashing through the front windows of a supermarket ("Hey, Tony, how do you like your eggplant?") and a surprisingly funny subplot about the family's relationship with their obnoxious neighbor Dick Shawn and his family. Still, the material would have worked for either Chevy Chase or Alan Arkin as they done this kind of stuff before.

It's likely we won't get a DVD or Blu-Ray release anytime soon, so you might as well still hang on to your VHS copies.


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