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Manager Dick Harper and his attractive young wife Jane are used to a comfortable lifestyle. They just build a swimming-pool when Dick is fired very unexpectedly - leaving him with $70,000 debt on the house. They try to hide this from the neighbors and just cut down their expenses, but soon it's obvious: living from unemployment bonus drives them crazy, it's uncertain if they can keep the house. Dick doesn't see another way out than robbing drug stores - but this takes more skill than expected! Only as a team Dick and Jane can succeed.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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[Dick and Jane are robbing the phone company as the customers cheer]
Someone's robbing the phone company. Bless you.
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End of film, ticker-tape message: BULLETIN, FEBRUARY 11, 1977 . . . THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF TAFT AEROSPACE ANNOUNCED TODAY THE APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD HARPER AS PRESIDENT, REPLACING CHARLES BLANCHARD WHO RESIGNED . . . THE BOARD PRAISED HARPER, 42, FOR DISPLAYING "THE IMAGINATION AND INGENUITY THAT HAS MADE AMERICAN INDUSTRY WHAT IT IS TODAY." See more »
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Amusing but lacking the sharp edges that I was hoping for
Dick and Jane Harper are happy and very well off; they have a dog, a son, a great house and Dick has a high-powered job as an aerospace company executive. However when the company hits a bumpy patch, Dick is laid off and very quickly the family is running up more debt than they can handle. Dick keeps trying to find work and even Jane leaves the family home to try and get a regular job type job. However things do not go that well and, as their possessions start to get repossessed, they get increasingly desperate.
Recently the subject of a remake (which I never bothered to see) this comedy is a sort of satire on the American dream and the attitudes of big business. Or at least that is what others have said. Personally I think it has a vague swipe at this but mainly it just settles for being a gentle caper that draws laughs from the unlikely descent of the middle classes into crime. It isn't anywhere near as sharp or caustic as I would have liked it to be but it flows along cheerily enough and entertained me reasonably well. Big laughs are few and far between but it is nicely comic for the most part.
Given the light material, I thought this was mostly down to the lead pair working with it well. Segal is reasonably good but his strength is in his chemistry with Fonda. She is good and has a nice comic touch. Support is generally solid if unspectacular with turns from Mcahon, Garcia and others but generally the film is carried by the leads. Direction feels a little dated now as the film has a very 1970's look and, without a sharp edge, it doesn't feel as relevant as it should do.
Overall this is a comic little film that is amusing and works thanks to easy performances by the lead pair. I would have preferred it to have had a much sharper edge to have blended satire with the comedy but it was still an entertaining little film albeit one that won't stick in my mind or have me coming back for repeat viewings.
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