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The Check Is in the Mail... (1986)

R | | Comedy | 1 June 1986 (USA)
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
Katherine Saltzberg ...
Sally (as Kathy Maisnik)
Thomas Rollerson ...
Sally' boyfriend
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Harry Danvers
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Dr. Brannigan
Beau Starr ...
Rocco
Emily Banks ...
Travel agent
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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He's in the pink, in the red and in the s**t [UK video release] See more »

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1 June 1986 (USA)  »

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A csekk a postán van  »

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Dick Shawn appears uncredited in the movie as the Jackson's neighbor and family friend Donald, although Shawn was credited in the film's trailer. See more »

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Richard Jackson: [after the station wagon crashes into the supermarket] Hey, tell me, Tony. How do you like your eggplant?
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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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