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Modern Problems (1981)

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Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

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Ken Shapiro
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Max Fielder
Patti D'Arbanville ... Darcy
Dabney Coleman ... Mark Winslow
Mary Kay Place ... Lorraine
Nell Carter ... Dorita
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Brian Stills
Mitch Kreindel Mitch Kreindel ... Barry
Arthur Sellers Arthur Sellers ... Mobile Supervisor
Sandy Helberg ... Pete
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ... Controller #1
Carl Irwin ... Controller #2
Ronald E. House Ronald E. House ... Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ... The Tile Man
Henry Corden ... Dubrovnik
Christine Nazareth Christine Nazareth ... Redhead
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Storyline

Air traffic controller Max Fiedler is unhappy with his career and his second marriage. An exposure to toxic waste gives him the power of telekinesis. He comes to a crossroads at a beachhouse he shares with his wife, his ex, and a voodoo priestess. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Trivia

Show-business trade papers "Daily Variety" and "The Hollywood Reporter" erroneously reported that this picture was the feature film debut of Nell Carter and Brian Doyle-Murray, but the two had appeared in earlier movies. Carter appeared in Hair (1979) and Back Roads (1981), and Doyle-Murray appeared in Fuzz (1972) and Caddyshack (1980). See more »

Goofs

Max's car gets splashed with toxic waste. It's clean/dirty on and off for the entire scene. See more »

Quotes

Mark Winslow: "June 5th: partial list of my favorite things. Sunset from my office window... Roots the book, not that television horseshit... Mr. Martin Score-sissy... collectin' my 200 dollars for passing 'Go'... women on beaches.
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Crazy Credits

Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »

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Spoofs The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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She Takes All Of Me
Lyrics by Adrienne Anderson
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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Oh, God, not again!
10 March 1999 | by Aaron-17See all my reviews

MODERN PROBLEMS is one of those films that is ALWAYS on cable -- and yet no one would ever want to watch in its entirety. Blame Comedy Central. Probably Chevy Chase at his lowest. Although his career has had so many low points, it's hard to say. He must be a masochist who deliberately chooses godawful movies to destroy his career. Or he's a sadist who enjoys inflicting these turkeys on the rest of us. Don't listen to anyone who claims, "Actually, it's not that bad;" they didn't actually sit through it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doido por Ela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,154,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,154,211
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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