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Taking Care of Business (1990)

R | | Comedy | 17 August 1990 (USA)
An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.

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Jimmy Dworski(James Belushi) is a criminal serving the last 48 hours of a jail sentence. He wins a couple of baseball tickets by calling a radio quiz show. With help of other inmates, he escapes to go watch the game. When by chance he finds the Filofax of executive Spencer Barns(Charles Grodin) who loses it while traveling on a business weekend. Jimmy finds cash, credit cards and the key to a big mansion. He jumps on the opportunity and starts posing as Barns. While the real Barnes is trying to find his Filofax he gets in all sorts of trouble. How will things turn out when the two finally meet? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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J.J. Abrams, who was a writer for this film, makes an appearance as the first passenger on Spencer Barnes' plane towards the beginning of the film (about 16 mins). See more »

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Disappearing shaving cream on Spencer's face after Elizabeth comes into the bathroom and embraces him in their first scene. See more »

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[pretending to be Spencer Barnes while making a toast during a business meeting]
Jimmy Dworski: A toast on that the Cubs may win the World Series... , and big tits.
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Yo Baby Yo
Written by Baber, Lewis, Mallison, Isaacs, Constant
Performed by Party Posse
Courtesy of Zomba Recording Corp.
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17 June 2001 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of the funniest James Belushi films. He is ideal as a convict who wins tickets to the Cubs' World Series game, has to break out of jail to attend, get his fellow inmates to cover for him, and break back in before the warden knows what has happened. In between, he finds uptight executive Charles Grodin's little black book and assumes Grodin's life, turning it upside down and being a better "him" while he poses as Grodin.

Belushi and Grodin are magnificent in the leads, and the film is overall very funny. See it if you get the chance; you will not regret it! I happened to love it myself.

*** out of ****


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