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Middle Age Crazy [VHS] (1980)

Bruce Dern , Ann-Margret , John Trent  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, Graham Jarvis, Deborah Wakeham, Eric Christmas
  • Directors: John Trent
  • Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt, Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Producers: Bob Cooper, Marty Krofft, Ronald I. Cohen, Sid Krofft
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: July 7, 1989
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301331389
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The popular topic of men whose mid-life crises grow with a thickening waistline is handled with snatches of wit and insight in this standard comedy-drama from John Trent. Bobby Lee (Bruce Dern) is beginning to feel hemmed in -- his wife (Ann-Margret) has lost some of her appeal and his friends and family keep viewing him like the forty-year-old he will soon be. After his father dies, he is unable to take it anymore, and he hooks up with a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader (Deborah Wakeham) on a trip to that city. He may have traded in his business suite for denim, jeans, and cowboy boots, but he soon finds that a real transformation is not so easy.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He got a heck of a deal, on a new Porsche car. April 26, 2001
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.... The story revolves around a Texas man turning 40 and all the changes in his life that go along with this unpleasant milestone. His father dies, his son refuses to go to college because he wants to marry his girlfriend, he needs to find a home for his now widowed mother, his business is growing too fast for him to manage and his wife is making a big deal out of his turning 40, even counting her orgasms by screaming "Bingo" to compare their sex life now with that of their high school days,by the way Ann Margaret still looks hot in this one. The dream scenes that Dern has are classic, the speech at his son's high school graduation will have you nodding in understood approval "give them back their damn diplomas, give them back their silly ... hats and stay 18 for the rest of your life", or the one where his son's girlfriend is coming on to him while the song Good Girls Don't is playing or the one where his dead father "sentences" him to be the daddy, everyones daddy for the rest of his life, and of course the killer Porsche 928 scene where he is blasting down the highway with a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader on his arm passing Corvettes and giving the finger to the Highway Patrol (now who has not daydreamed of that!).....; or to tell your boss to stick it up his ..., or scream aloud to the heavens "I don't want to be the daddy"...well this movie explores every bad thing and thankfully every good thing that goes along with the infamous midlife crisis. I was 16 when I first saw this film and now I am 36...holy smokes I am about to become the Dern charcter, I'd better go find a Cowgirl fast and trade my Ford for a fancy foreign sport car! Enjoy the film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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MIDDLE AGE CRAZY is one unforgettable movie and Bruce Dern is every ordinary guy just entering his own mid-life crisis. Of course not every man has a nutty wife like the loveable dimwit played by Ann-Margaret.
It is Dern's private thoughts portrayed so humorously which help to make the film memorable. My view of high school graduations will never again be the same. I give the movie five stars partly because it contains many scenes which are still indelibly etched in my mind even after twenty years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy about turning Middle Age February 21, 2005
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I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out. I was 39 at the time, so I could see myself in the picture (a little). The next night I took three women from my office to see the picture. Two of them had just gone through a divorce, and the third -- one of my best friends and working associates -- had been divorced at age 35 by a man who "went crazy". It was fun seeing the picture with those three women and seeing their reactions. After the movie we went to dinner at a steak house together and talked about the movie and had a wonderful evening together. As a man I think I did those three women more good by taking them to see "Middle Age Crazy" than anything else would possible do for them at that time in their life.

The picture is a little dated now, but if you are a 39/40, man or woman or have been in a troubled relationship -- this is a great movie to see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Age Crazy needs to make it to dvd! May 29, 2008
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Still never made it to dvd and its a delightful comedy very hard to find. Highly Recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a must see for aging yuppies. January 2, 1999
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this is the tale of a man faced with mid-life crisis.This is an overlooked classic, probably because most yuppies were still in their twenties when it was released.Great performance by BRUCE DERN AND ANN MARGRET.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful look at a mid-life crisis October 2, 1999
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Bobby Lee has it all - a beautiful, devoted, loving wife, a successful business, good friends. Turning 40 is no big deal, until his wife makes it one by insisting he's better than ever, and trying to make him prove it. Bobby Lee suddenly sees a life full of "strings" - everybody wants something from him, except the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. He rebels from the life of his "needy" family, buys a sports car, gets the Cheerleader. He comes to realize that the fantasy life he has imagined is not all it's cracked up to be. I felt this was an insightful look into a midlife crisis that many men face. Suddenly, they are the "dad" and everybody is looking to them for the answers - answers they never had, or needed to have, because dad had them. Watching Bobby Lee go through his crisis helped me understand and deal more effectively with mine.
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