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Middle Age Crazy [VHS]

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, Graham Jarvis, Deborah Wakeham, Eric Christmas
  • Directors: John Trent
  • 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: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301331389
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,996 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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By Peter Kenney on January 2, 2003
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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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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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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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Middle Age Crazy starring Bruce Dern and Ann Margeret is truly an underappreciated masterpiece. The film tells the story of a moderately successful man going through the mid-life crisis that all of us face, or will face if we live long enough. The story is completely believable, and insets of the central character's (Bobby Lee Burnett) day dreams are hillarious. When he is at his son's high school graduation, and he is watching the class valedectorian giving the same old speech about "We are the future..." Bobby Lee Burnett begins to daydream, suddenly it is him on the podium giving the speech, and he tells the TRUTH about growing old, "stay 17 forever!" Even today, after have seen it many times, I still laugh at Bobby Lee Burnett's wonderful daydreams and speeches. This movie needs to be available on DVD, it is truly one that every good film library should have.
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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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Still never made it to dvd and its a delightful comedy very hard to find. Highly Recommended!
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While the style and times of "Middle Age Crazy" have passed, the essence of the message and theme are constant. This is a must see for every man entering his 40's, and any female who wants to understand him better. Beside the familiar surface story line, there is a deeper underlying message about aging, changing, and letting go of previous self images. Bruce Dern is excellent as a man entering into middle age with all the stress of being the focus of parent, children, and family problems, while attempting to retain his own identity. In a time when our society is dealing with aging on a larger scale than ever before, this film is more relevant than ever. The musical score adds greatly to this effect, and the whole experience is universally significant.
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This is a great movie. Watched it as a kid in the middle of Podunk, North Dakota. Loved it again as an adult. Wish it was on DVD.
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