- Actors: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton, John Pankow
- Directors: Herbert Ross
- Writers: AJ Carothers, Jack Epps Jr., Jim Cash
- Producers: Herbert Ross, David Chasman, Joseph M. Caracciolo, Nora Kaye
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Universal Studios Ho
- VHS Release Date: October 15, 1996
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 1558808000
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2. Excellent supporting cast: Robert Jordan and Margaret Whitton as Fox's uncle and aunt by marriage; and a good sidekick: John Pankow (Ira in TV's Mad About You) as Fox's mailroom, lowest on the office totem pole counterpart, who played off Fox very well. I did find Helen Slater to be a little cold.
3. Euro chic cinematography: With Carlo Di Palma (Blow-Up, The Appointment, Hannah & Her Sisters) on board, the look of this film was several notches above other similar films of the timeframe. Just look at some of the interesting shots in the film, including a scene where you see Robert Jordan in the mirror of a restaurant, while he's talking to Helen Slater with his back to the camera. Little stylish elements like this really make it an enjoyable rewatch in the present day.
This one never went overboard with the sexual antics, and remained very innocent compared to the huge lot of other 80's R-rated romps. It was also a few years ahead of just about every other teen film of the day, and I mean it in the sense that everyone else was in High School, while here we have a young man's journey on a career path after college. This would also make it appealing to young adults who were otherwise too old for the John Hughes type movies.
The DVD is definitely worth adding to your 80's film collection, especially considering it's low price. The extras are the trailer, cast bios, and some production notes.Read more ›
Brantley moves from Kansas to NYC in order to make it in the corporate world. Problem: he gets laid off even before he starts. He's a trooper, though, and doesn't want to run home with his tail between his legs so he goes to his Uncle Howard for a job. It's not exactly what Brantley envisioned as he is stuck in the mailroom. Using corporate bureaucracy against itself, he manages to swing a job as a vice-president. It gets pretty funny from there as Brantley tries to maintain two identities without being found out. The elevator scenes are priceless!
This movie is the definitive eighties comedy. Michael J. Fox gets to showcase his screwball comedy antics and the rest of the cast is equally fine. Helen Slater stands out as a female executive that manages to break through the glass ceiling only to be pressed up against it and fondled by the smarmy CEO. "Auntie Vera" is also a hoot as the sex-starved wife of Uncle Howard.
The DVD doesn't offer too much in the way of extras, but that's okay because the movie alone is worth having on disc. Get this one right away.
Michael J. Fox is Brantly Foster, a recent college graduate and the nephew of a business executive and his wife. Foster is intelligent and considers that perhaps Uncle Howard (Richard Jordan) might give him an opportunity in his company. A job in the mail room was not exactly the start that Foster had in mind.
Foster realizes that in a corporation the size of his uncle's that it is easy to do things without anyone realizing what is happening. So Foster sets himself up as newly hired executive Carlton Whitfield. Most of the executives accept Whitfield for what he seems to be. Foster's only significant problems are keeping Uncle Howard from finding out that he is also Carlton Whitfield and keeping his mail room boss from learning that he is not always delivering mail when he should be.
Foster/Whitfield soon encounters beautiful Christy Wills (Helen Slater), a young and highly intelligent executive, with whom he soon falls in love. Just as quickly he also encounters Aunt Vera (Margaret Whitton) and has more than one amorous encounter, before and after finding out she is his aunt by marriage.
With Foster impersonating an executive while working in the mail room, courting Christy, who, unbeknownst to him, is also involved with Uncle Howard, and avoiding Aunt Vera as much as possible, the comedic potential is high, and the movie delivers. Much of the comedy is borderline slapstick, but much of it is also situational.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nostalgic look into the past. Michael J Fox was quite funny and captivating in this role. Just a fun relaxing movie!Published 2 months ago by West Coast Fl
Love this movie! The DVD arrived on time and in New condition just as it was advertised.Published 2 months ago by Tammy McQuillen
I can't figure out Universal's executive logic. This release comes from Spain. One of my favorite featherweight comedies from the 1980's with the pint-sized zeitgeist known as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nick Zegarac
Great movie, especially when the guy is told,"you have a bad attitude",....Published 2 months ago by GCB
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