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Modern Problems
Modern Problems
Actors: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, Nell Carter
Director: Ken Shapiro
Genres: Comedy
PG     2005     1hr 29min


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Actors: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, Nell Carter
Director: Ken Shapiro
Creators: Arthur Sellers, Edmond L. Koons, Ken Shapiro, Alan Greisman, Douglas Kenney, Michael Shamberg, Tom Sherohman
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Chevy Chase
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Original Release Date: 12/25/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1981
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

I've been waiting for this.....!
E. Ellerbee | Georgia, USA | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What's up with some of these poor reviews? You people suck. Dabney Coleman's peformance, alone, puts Modern Problems over the top.

Can you really deny lines like..?:

"You see...what you need to realize is..she's a manipulatin' b!tch.."


"Don't look at me like I'm a freak..! I'm not a freak! He's the freak! I'm a g*ddamned goodlookin' man!"

...exploding ballet pants, extreme nosebleeds..and Nell Carter! What's not to love?

Now, if they'll just release a soundtrack featuring that killer TUBES song, I'll be happy. :)

Love me or hate me - a rare '80's classic - I love it!
Mathias Nagy | Townsville, Qld, Australia | 05/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an awesomely funny movie, with a twist. It is one of the few rare movies I consider a personal favourite. Warning, though, it is clever adult entertainment, and some of you will simply not get it. It is spew-your-popcorn-over-the-chump-in-front-of-you funny, but also subtly deep, real, dark and very, very clever. I tip my hat to Mr. Sinister's concise summary, "A little slice of Regan-era fatalism". If you crave funny, clever and repeatable viewing that genuinely thoughful, this is a rare gem. A comedy onion!"
Joe Clay | 11/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Well Chevy Chase has made some horrendous movies over the years....this is not one of them. He plays an air traffic controller who is splashed with toxic waste and gains powers which enable him to move objects.

The scenes in which he uses his powers are outrageous....the restaurant, the opera house, etc.

So for a really good comedy, one of Chevys best, this is it. Its hilarious!!"
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 03/11/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I never really got into this movie, it's more strange than it is funny. And Chevy wasn't his usual self either, he was way to morose and distant to really side with his character or empathise with him in any way.

Chevy plays Max Fielder, an air-traffic controller who's life is constantly in the toilet and bad luck follows him everywhere. He's very paranoid and possessive over his girlfriend, so much so that she dumps him for some total dork.

On his way home from a disastrous night out his car is sprayed with radioactive gunk from a leaky government truck. He is soon blessed/cursed with telekinetic abilities, which he uses to get revenge on those who make his life miserable.

It could have been really fun but it's just...weird. Ken Shapiro (who?) does not have the same edge in his direction as Harold Ramis, Michael Ritchie or John Landis and he doesn't know how to fully use Chevy's brand of humor. There are some laughs to be had though, but their not so memorable.

The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen but it's mostly all shot in soft focus so there's nothing outstanding here. The sound is plain old Mono and it's alright if nothing else, though the dialogue has very heavy use of ADR. A trailer and TV spot are included. Oh...and that theme song playing over the menu, opening and closing credits? Yuck!"