Modern Problems

Modern Problems

Director: Ken Shapiro

Cast: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Mary Kay Place

     
 

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An air-traffic controller (Chevy Chase) is having the worst luck: first his girlfriend leaves him, and then he experiences a nuclear disaster. His life begins to pick up after he realizes that the radiation fallout has given him magical telekinetic powers. He decides to settle a few scores with his new-found power.See more details below

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An air-traffic controller (Chevy Chase) is having the worst luck: first his girlfriend leaves him, and then he experiences a nuclear disaster. His life begins to pick up after he realizes that the radiation fallout has given him magical telekinetic powers. He decides to settle a few scores with his new-found power.

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This Chevy Chase vehicle is hardly his finest moment but is interesting despite its flaws. Modern Problems is an odd proposition: it offers a clever premise and some surprisingly trenchant commentary on the attitudes of the early '80s but undercuts those attributes with some strange artistic choices. The biggest mistake is casting Chevy Chase -- a comedic actor known at the time for his effortless cool -- as a depressed, antisocial schlub. The intense mood swings of his character make him tough to sympathize with. Even worse, said mood swings seem to serve the plot more than any kind of common sense and they constantly derail the film. Still, Modern Problems has enough inspiration to avoid being a total loss. Ken Shapiro's direction might falter during the quiet moments, but he makes up for it with some inspired set pieces, including a ballet recital that comes undone due to Max's powers and an extended parody of The Exorcist during the finale. Modern Problems also benefits from a great supporting cast: Patti D'Arbanville is fetching as the love interest, Mary Kay Place and Brian Doyle-Murray are subtly funny, and Dabney Coleman steals the show as the egotistical psychologist who becomes Max's arch-nemesis. In short, Modern Problems is an extremely mixed bag, but there are enough golden moments to make it worth a rental for comedy addicts.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
UPC:
0013132437491
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
23,198

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Theatrical trailer; TV spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase Max
Patti D'Arbanville Darcy
Mary Kay Place Lorraine
Nell Carter Dorita
Brian Doyle-Murray Brian
Dabney Coleman Mark
Mitch Kreindel Barry
Sandy Helberg Pete
Toni Howard Actor
Nancy Klopper Actor
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Neil Thompson Controller #1
Carl Irwin Controller
Ron House Vender
Buzzy Linhart Tile Man
Henry Corden Dubrovnik
Luke Andreas Tough Guy
Jan Speck Brunette
Pat Proft Maitre d'
Jim Hudson Doctor
Frank Birney Man in Lobby
Reid Olson Principal Dancer

Technical Credits
Ken Shapiro Director,Screenwriter
Ira Anderson Special Effects
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Alan Greisman Producer
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Jablow Editor
Douglas Kenney Producer
Edmond Koons Cinematographer
Wilbur Mosier Production Manager
Jack Senter Production Designer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Jack P. Wilson Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Modern Problems
1. Traffic Control (Main Titles) [5:39]
2. One For the Flirt-Go-Round [6:21]
3. Good-Bye [2:51]
4. The Invitation [3:20]
5. Having a Gay Time [6:08]
6. Seeing Things [6:30]
7. In Control [10:18]
8. Ballet Follies [5:36]
9. A Sexual Gift [6:41]
10. The Beach House [4:36]
11. Late Arrival [5:37]
12. No Shame [6:19]
13. How to Break an Ego [6:16]
14. Exorcism [8:28]
15. I'm a Monster [4:47]
16. End Credits [3:00]

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