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Moving (1988)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1988 (USA)
Arlo accepts what seems to him to be a dream promotion to Idaho. He soon discovers, however, that moving has its own share of problems.

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Raphael Harris ...
Marshall Pear
Ishmael Harris ...
Randy Pear
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Tony Rolan ...
Parking Attendant
Claire Malis ...
Helen Fredericks
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Roy Hendersen
Jason Marin ...
Paperboy
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Natalie (as Traci Lin)
Will Gill Jr. ...
Security Guard
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Kevin
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Simon Eberhart
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Gary Marcus
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Meet Arlo Pear! He's a family man with a loving wife, a rebellious daughter, twin sons, and a half-dead dog, he's also got a nice job with the city in New Jersey. He's a mass transit engineer. But one day Arlo is fired so he must try to get another job. He finds a similar one to his old one, except it's in Boise, Idaho. Sounds good to Arlo, so he can finally get away from his insane neighbor who has a lawn mower the size of Pennsylvania. Only problem, how to break it to the family? The decision is soon made: they're moving. Now they've got to sell their house which has hilarious results, so now they need to get movers. Two former cons now movers show up with King Kong Bundy. Now, they gotta find a new house in Idaho. They soon find their dream house, so they return to New Jersey and head off to Boise. Arlo hires a man (Dana Carvey) to drive his SAAB to Idaho, not knowing he's a man of eight personalities. And if that isn't bad enough, their new house is not what they expected, and ... Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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$10,815,378 (USA)
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Richard Pryor's last solo starring vehicle. See more »

Goofs

As the Pears are moving, one of the movers mentions that it is Mardi Gras time. Mardi Gras takes place in the winter. However, both New Jersey and Idaho appear to be experiencing a curiously warm winter since all of the people are wearing summer-type clothing and all of the lawns are green. See more »

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Arlo Pear: The kitchen. Where is the kitchen? They took the god damn kitchen!
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Referenced in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) See more »

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Salty Dog
Performed by The George Lewis Band of New Orleans
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Move to a decision of watching this Pryor B grader
16 September 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Yeah, I thought this being a straight to video B grade, this would be a miss of a movie. My Sister recommended it to me, and I passed it off. Coming across half of it on t.v. one night, this corrected my qualms about this movie quick, as I eventually did hire it on video in 94. The movie is a cheap laugh riot, steered by the great comic timing, and priceless expressions from Pryor, who after a couple of weeks of being jobless, he's just been thrown a work offer he can't refuse that involves moving.... again. His whole family, especially his daughter, driven to desperate and funny measures, are dead set against it. Finally forced to make the big trip, his hell has only begun. He has the removalists from hell, that includes King Kong Bundy, so you don't want to hypothesize on breakages and damages to valuables, etc. His driveaway guy has personality disorders, and the last tenants of their new home in Boise, were whack jobs, while also his new neighbor, is the arsehole brother of an equally irritating guy, who shared former neighborhood residence with Pryor. What are the chances? Moving is cheap side splitting and quite inventive laughter, while also taking quips at all the downfalls and hassles of moving, where behind the quips are realistic clouds of what's involved in making the big move, and the stuff ups that can happen, where they've just all been peppered with comedy or inanity. The catalyst is very real, when you approach it from Pryor's point of view. The rebellious daughter who stymies their chances to sell their old home, was real, where as I said before, she's much opposed to moving, and kind of brought shades of my rebellious in the home. The frequently funny film, also brings Rambo into the picture. This is a great vehicle for Pryor, and though not everyone will see this film my way, and I'm talking Pryor, here's one not to overlook, but just see. We also see that being black twin brothers does have it's advantages on the running field, and in the classroom. The movie does have some sharp humor too, where as I said laughs are continual, where identity changing Carvey is a hoot.


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