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Moving (1988)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1988 (USA)
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Arlo accepts what seems to him to be a dream promotion to Idaho. He soon discovers, however, that moving has its own share of problems.

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Alan Metter

Writer:

Andy Breckman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Arlo Pear
Beverly Todd ... Monica Pear
Stacey Dash ... Casey Pear
Raphael Harris ... Marshall Pear
Ishmael Harris Ishmael Harris ... Randy Pear
Randy Quaid ... Frank / Cornall Crawford
Tony Rolan Tony Rolan ... Parking Attendant
Claire Malis Claire Malis ... Helen Fredericks
John Wesley ... Roy Hendersen
Jason Marin Jason Marin ... Paperboy
Traci Lind ... Natalie (as Traci Lin)
Will Gill Jr. Will Gill Jr. ... Security Guard
Don Franklin ... Kevin
Gordon Jump ... Simon Eberhart
Dave Thomas ... Gary Marcus
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Meet Arlo Pear! He's a family man with a loving wife, a rebellious daughter, twin sons, and a half-dead dog, he's also got a nice job with the city in New Jersey. He's a mass transit engineer. But one day Arlo is fired so he must try to get another job. He finds a similar one to his old one, except it's in Boise, Idaho. Sounds good to Arlo, so he can finally get away from his insane neighbor who has a lawn mower the size of Pennsylvania. Only problem, how to break it to the family? The decision is soon made: they're moving. Now they've got to sell their house which has hilarious results, so now they need to get movers. Two former cons now movers show up with King Kong Bundy. Now, they gotta find a new house in Idaho. They soon find their dream house, so they return to New Jersey and head off to Boise. Arlo hires a man (Dana Carvey) to drive his SAAB to Idaho, not knowing he's a man of eight personalities. And if that isn't bad enough, their new house is not what they expected, and ... Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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On the New Jersey Turnpike, no one can hear you scream. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Cornell Crawford (Randy Quaid) wears a Hank Williams Jr. T-shirt in every scene he appears in. See more »

Goofs

When Arlo is on top of the moving truck he has a gun slung over his back. As he makes his way toward the front, he jumps on the cab to block the view of the driver. Once the driver crashes and stops the truck Arlo gets into a position to flip off the truck, and the gun has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[Rudy wants to marry Casey]
Rudy: Sure, we'll have our problems, just like most young couples.
Arlo Pear: You're gonna have a problem walking straight if you don't take your hands off my daughter.
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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening title consist of the words speeding in from the right of the screen and crashing together before straightening out at the end. See more »

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Referenced in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) See more »

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Salty Dog
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Wonderful Laughs
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Moving (1988)

*** (out of 4)

After getting the news that he's been laid off, Arlo Pear (Richard Pryor) must look for another job and finally finds one but it means he'd have to relocate his family from New Jersey to Idaho. At first they don't like the idea but what has to be done is clear so they head up to go West but run into one problem after another.

In my opinion Pryor was the greatest stand up comic in history. There really wasn't anyone better at that R-rated type of humor and he could take perfectly normal situations and turn them into comic gold. His stand up films are some of the greatest out there but sadly his talents really didn't translate to the big screen. His movies were mostly misses, which is too bad considering his talent. I know MOVING isn't technically a "good" film but I must admit that I have a nostalgic thing for it and for the most part it makes me laugh.

Again, if you're expecting a classic comedy or even a well-made one then it's best to not watch this film because it's kind of bland in ways and the direction is certainly lacking. What I do enjoy about the film is that it allows Pryor to play the nice guy that he has been doing throughout his career but they also let him enjoy a R-rating, which is something kind of rare for the actor. He really does a great job here playing the nice and calm guy who keeps having bad things happen to him until he snaps.

Pryor is great here and really works well with the role and there's also some nice support for him. You've got Randy Quaid playing a couple roles and he's a lot of fun as is Dana Carvey in his scenes. Both Beverly Todd and Stacey Dash are good in their roles and there's even a funny cameo by a legendary comedian that I won't ruin. There are some funny moments scattered throughout the film but I think the best moments are when Pryor simply snaps and goes on some foul-mouthed rants.

MOVING isn't a classic film and I'm not sure most people will enjoy it. I do find it to be rather charming in its own way though.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moving See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,782, 6 March 1988

Gross USA:

$10,815,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,815,378
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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