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Cheaper to Keep Her (1980)

R | | Comedy | 1981 (Canada)
A newly divorced swinger on the prowl goes to work as a detective for a neurotic feminist attorney.

Director:

Ken Annakin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mac Davis ... Bill Dekkar
Tovah Feldshuh ... K.D. Locke
Bruce Flanders Bruce Flanders ... Leon
Steven M. Gagnon ... Peter
Gina Gallego ... Sister #1
Jack Gilford ... Stanley Bracken
Patrick Gorman ... Maitre d'
Chuck Hicks ... Abe
Gwen Humble ... Laura
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Woman on Diving Board
Priscilla Lopez ... Theresa
Rose Marie ... Ida Bracken
Rod McCary ... Brownmiller
Russ McCubbin ... Man On Toilet
Ian McShane ... Dr. Alfred Sunshine
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A newly divorced swinger on the prowl goes to work as a detective for a neurotic feminist attorney.

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A Love Story About Women's Rights... and Lefts See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Agenzia divorzi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Regal See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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J. Pat O'Malley's final movie performance. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Well, if it isn't Mrs. Quack-Quack.
[K.D. motions for him to remove the tape covering her mouth]
Bill: I like you better with your mouth shut.
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Lame, But With Cheesy Appeal
7 May 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

It's another lame, outdated comedy, but CHEAPER TO KEEP HER carries some cheesy '80s appeal that the right crowd will appreciate.

Mac Davis, who will never be mistaken for Cary Grant (or even Cary Elwes), is Bill Dekkar, a chauvinistic private eye hired to track down members of his gender in arrears on alimony. Between hidden fortunes, excessive displays of horniness, and an alimony case with an interesting connection to their employer, Davis and sidekick Bruce Flanders get more than they bargained for. (Then again, when do people in movies ever get what they bargained for?).

Yes, there is much wrong with CHEAPER TO KEEP HER. Davis is a likable screen presence, but his supposedly macho persona comes off as hopelessly flaky. There are even a few cringe-worthy moments, like when Davis passes himself off as a pal of a deadbeat husband he's pursuing. But it turns out the man has been arrested for raping an elderly woman. This is supposed to be funny? Moreover, many will take offence at the embarrassing "gay man" persona Davis employs in the final scenes, but remember, this was 1980.

Still, CHEAPER TO KEEPER is pretty harmless. It's really not as bad as one might think based on the many, many scathing reviews found in all the major movie review texts. If you get a kick out of cheesy '80s comedies and are among the more forgiving filmgoers, this one's worth a late night look.


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