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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Actors: Lloyd Bochner, John Candy, Lawrence Z. Dane, Yvonne De Carlo, Isaac Hayes
Director: John Trent
Genres: Comedy, Drama
UR     2005     1hr 31min

Synopsis: John Candy heads up a hysterical cast in this laugh a minute tale of a jealous husband and his attempts to keep his wife from leaving him. When Skeet, played by Anthony Newley, vows to stop at nothing to win bac...  more »

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Actors: Lloyd Bochner, John Candy, Lawrence Z. Dane, Yvonne De Carlo, Isaac Hayes
Director: John Trent
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Trinity Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/03/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1975
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 14
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

John Candy?... You mean Stephanie Powers!
Pooter | 12/30/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I just got through watching this movie. It started out slow, so I thought it was going to be a made-for-boring movie but it picked up, was fun to watch and wound up being a good movie.
John Candy's picture appears on the cover of the DVD case but he is not the main character or STAR of the movie. I'm sure he was put on the cover because he has greater Star Recognition than all the others. His character, who comes in halfway through the movie, is just supporting. It IS a pleasant movie to watch."
Better than Troll 2
Noah Chenhalls | Colorado Springs, CO United States | 01/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time is the greatest horrible movie ever made. It "stars" John Candy and Isaac Hayes, but in actuality stars two completely unknown actors, with Isaac Hayes serving as the male lead's sidekick, while John Candy delivers about 45 seconds of total airtime. The film opens with a dated but catchy theme, drops the viewer randomly into the movie, shows absolutely no comprehendible plot except for random zaniness, and ends just as mysteriously as it began. In the end the film works on a comedic level not originally intended. The film is so bad and campy that in a round about way, it achieves its goal: pure comedic gold. It is the stuff of cult movie classics, and for anyone that enjoyed Troll 2, this movie is highly recommended."
I'm Sure It Did
Robert Buchanan | Wisconsin | 02/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"While it's burdened by sloppy direction, conspicuously bad editing and quite a lot of terrible music, this slapstick farce is frequently very funny as a result of a clever script and the comedic talent of its impressive cast. The best parts of the film are laugh-out-loud funny, but the viewer does have to tolerate more than a few pointless scenes and an irritating pair of animated credit sequences along the way. With a slightly higher budget, a crew as competent as its cast and ten of its most leaden minutes shaved from the running time, this could have been a very good comedy."
Good drive-in comedy
Joe Blo | Quebec, Canada | 08/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this movie as part of a 50-movies (on 13 DVD's) package they sell for 31$ at a local bookstore so I wasn't really expecting anything. As the title says this is a good drive-in comedy, but don't get fooled by the fact that there's John Candy in the credits, we see him only toward the end and he says only about 10 lines of text. Isaac Hayes have a more prominent role but it's still a Anthony Newley movie, he's somewhat funny. The movie is about a guy, Sweeney (played by Anthony Newley) who like to use practical jokes to solve everyday problems like how to keep your mistress away in a log cabin for a few days. The beginning is a bit slow but there's a funny ending."