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.


Alan Metter


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


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 <>

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The movie that packs lots of laughs. See more »




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Did You Know?


When Arlo's Saab is brought back, there is a car door from a police car attached to the bumper with the words "GO POLICE" visible. The font and color are the same as the Chicago Police Department, used at the time of filming. See more »


The camera crew is reflected in Arlo's glasses. See more »


Arlo Pear: Casey, where did you find this man? Is there an asshole convention in town?
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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 »


Spoofs Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) See more »


Written, Performed, and Produced by Ollie E. Brown
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Granted it is a rather mild Pryor movie, still I found it funny.
26 November 2008 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Yes, this movie is not quite what one would expect from Richard Pryor...light on the cussing, a touch of being almost a family comedy, but not quite that tame. In this movie we have a man who is laid off and is offered a very nice job in Boise. Of course, his daughter is rather upset about the prospect of going there, however his wife and twin sons are a bit more supportive. Also happy to see the family go is the crazy neighbor played rather good by Randy Quaid. A neighbor who for some reason must cut his rather small lawn with an industrial mower. Well he has a couple of moving agencies give their appraisal of what it would take to move and he goes with the more expensive as the cheap ones look like recently escaped convicts or something. They find a nice house in Boise where they meet the delightful owners who tell great jokes about how they are going to take everything from the doors to the pool with them. Then he finds just the perfect guy to drive one of his vehicles to the new house. Well everything begins to unravel rather quickly as the movers turn out to be familiar faces he does not want to see, the jokes on them with the new house, and the driver of the car has a bit of a mental problem. So all in all a funny movie, a few of the jokes miss the marks such as the giving the wrong finger thing, however most are pretty good like how the twin sons run track. So for a rather light Richard Pryor comedy that still has some good laughs, give this movie a try.

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,782, 6 March 1988

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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