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Moving (1988)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1988 (USA)
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.

Director:

Alan Metter

Writer:

Andy Breckman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Arlo Pear
Beverly Todd ... Monica Pear
Stacey Dash ... Casey Pear
Raphael Harris 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moving - Rückwärts ins Chaos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,815,378
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor's last solo starring vehicle. See more »

Goofs

The moving van, as it careens into the street where the Pear's house is located, tramples a small red tricycle, then drags it along. A wire can be seen pulling the smashed tricycle up alongside the wheel housing of the van, holding it in place. See more »

Quotes

Arlo Pear: [arrives at the new house on top of a semi trailer] Honey! Look what I found! I found our shit... I brought our shit home... this is our shit!
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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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Spoofs Alien (1979) See more »

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Salty Dog
Performed by The George Lewis Band of New Orleans
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Not a bad film at all.
7 September 2011 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Moving is a lightweight R-rated comedy featuring Richard Pryor as Arlo Pear. He's an engineer who loses his job in a merger but finds a new job that requires him to move from New Jersey to Boise, Idaho.

However, his family isn't happy about the move, especially his daughter Casey (Stacey Dash) because she wants to graduate first before leaving.

They do move and it seems Murphy's Law hits Arlo over and over again. From hiring a deranged man to drive his Saab to Boise, to criminal moving men, to buying a house in Boise from a crazy old man, it seems Arlo's mental state is being tested to see if it will break.

Moving seemingly would work great as a family film as it has that Cosby Show feel to it but for some strange reason they chose to make it an R- rated film and stunt its box office potential.

Regardless, Pryor is in good form here and seeing him react to his worsening luck over and over again is fun stuff. Randy Quaid also shines as his neighbor and deranged ex-Vietnam vet Frank Crawford, who childishly abuses Arlo. There are some cool small roles from the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and pro wrestler King Kong Bundy, as well.

Not the best Richard Pryor comedy out there but a good one and a lot better than the critics at the time opined. I just wonder how much better it would have been, critically and financially, if it were a PG film.


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