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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

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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A broken-hearted man + amazing moving powers = Out-of-control fun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,758,371, 27 December 1981

Gross USA:

$26,154,211
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, air traffic controllers went on strike. The studio was assured that the shoot would not be delayed because of it. See more »

Goofs

When Darcy leaves the apartment, Max is in the main room. In the next shot, he's in the Kitchen doorway. See more »

Quotes

Dorita: According to these chicken guts, there's going to be an awfully big ruckus here this weekend.
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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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References The Groove Tube (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Get It Next Time
Performed by The Tubes
Arranged and produced by David Foster
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Lyrics by Adrienne Anderson
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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A must see for anyone who enjoys laughing at the complete absence of quality!
23 June 2000 | by hexfieldSee all my reviews

Acting Lesson #1:

Let's say (hypothetically) that you (yes you!) are a cast member of fledgling hour-long skit-based comedy program Saturday Night Live in the Lord's year 1975. Perhaps you are one of the more popular performers on said program. All over America, SNL is exploding in popularity, and millions tune in to witness your own special brand of physical comedy. Now let's say you get cocky. You figure if you're already so popular on national television, you could become even MORE popular in the movies. So after only one year on the show, you leave to pursue a career in Hollywood. But you weren't ready. You hadn't built enough hype up as a TV star yet, and with what appears to be no consideration whatsoever, you accept every movie roll that comes along.

That, ladies and gentleman, is the story of Chevy Chase. Despite his obvious comedy genius, he blindly accepted the roll of our protagonist Max Fielder in the godawful Modern Problems. Wrought with visible camera equipment, transparent special effects, weird and upsetting continuity errors (including teleportation), and more shots of the boom mic than of Chase himself, Modern Problems is much like a poorly edited home movie.

Now we've established Chases's undiscriminating attitude, but what on earth possessed the rest of the cast? This stinker touted a few reasonably well-known names such as Dabney Coleman, Nell Carter, Mary Kay Place, SNL alum Brian Doyle-Murray, and a guest shot by Pat Proft. Perhaps the first 100 actors to sign up were given a free calendar.

Regardless, I would never pretend that this movie had no value. Like at least 60% of all films, it becomes an instant classic when you and a group of friends gather to guffaw at it's obvious shortcomings. And, heck, there are some legitimate Chevy jokes in Modern Problems. Don't miss the line "Smells like feet!"


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