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How to Beat the High Cost of Living
How to Beat the High Cost of Living
Actors: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Jessica Lange, Richard Benjamin, Fred Willard
Director: Robert Scheerer
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2003     1hr 45min

Funny-women Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin and Oscar® winner* Jessica Lange "are a pleasure to watch" (The Film Journal) in this hysterically funny film about a trio of housewives whose desperate need for money delivers...  more »


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Actors: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Jessica Lange, Richard Benjamin, Fred Willard
Director: Robert Scheerer
Creators: James Crabe, Jerome M. Zeitman, Robert Kaufman, Robin Krause, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Leonora Thuna
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/18/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1980
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Underrated Gem
jadedromantic | 02/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fabulous, light comedy with a great all-star cast. This is something that deserved to be re-done on DVD. The plot concerns three women who live in Oregon. Jane Curtain is the wife of a wealthy architect. She comes home one day to fine he's run off with another woman, the bank accounts are cleaned out, and he's nowhere to be found. Bills are coming due. Jessica Lange is the wife of a wealthy veternarian played by Richard Benjamin. Her antique store is never profitable and now he has to sue her to please the IRS. She doesn't want to lose the store. Jill St. James is a divorcee with two kids and a deadbeat ex-husband. Her father then moves in with her when her mother takes up with another woman. She's pregnant with her boyfriend and they want to marry, but he has a no-future job, unless he can get the money to buy his boss' hardware store. All three are friends and all three have something in common: they need money, and they need it now. After some failed schemes to get some, they decide to pull a heist at the local mall.This is hysterical and tremendously funny. It's nothing deep or life changing, just a lot of intense, non-serious humor, great characters and great situations. Sure, there are some holes and a few scenes don't quite work, but this is something that ought to be in your permanent collection if you like comedies. It's a little dated, but has not lost any of its humor over the years. It's similar to "9 to 5" but I think funnier."
A wry, neglected comedy
Eric Oppen | Iowa Falls, IA USA | 03/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although the details are dated, _How To Beat The High Co$t Of Living_ is freshly topical, with the economy in a bad way again. The three heroines' problems are, IMO, partly their own fault---but one has to root for their spunky, ingenious heist. Jane Curtin improvising a striptease to cover her chums' getaway is a real highlight of the disc. She's game, sexy, and believable in her role---a really talented actress. And, for the record, the power is cut off only in _part_ of the mall, not the whole thing---I saw a review of the movie when it came out that didn't understand this point."
A great comedy caper
Husker Fan | Omaha, NE | 12/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"...The movie includes Jane Curtin, Susan St. James, and Jessica Lange who are feeling the crunch of the cost of living getting higher, while their paychecks stay the same. They notice a promotion at the mall which is holding Thousands of dollars and plan to steal the money. Very entertaining to watch how they plan to pull it off. The movie was first released in 1980, but you could easily remake the movie again today, as once again the high cost of living keeps on rising."