Modern Problems (1981) – Early 80s Chevy Chase Telekinetic Silliness
I saw 1981’s Modern Problems in the theatre when I was all of 12 years old. I loved it then and I love it now. This is a movie of epic silly proportions.
It’s the story of Max Fielder (played by Chevy Chase), a wimpy air traffic controller that allows everyone around him to push him around. He’s dealing with the possible end of his long term relationship to Darcy (played by Patty D’Arbanville) due to his innate wimpiness and uncontrollable jealousy. Max accidentally gets irradiated with toxic nuclear waste that imbues him with telekinetic powers. Combine those powers with his personality issues and you have a troubling combination.
Along the way we are introduced to his friend, Brian, a wheelchair bound Vietnam vet played by Brian Doyle-Murray, who invites Max and Darcy to his beach house along with writer and womanizing asshole Mark Winslow (played by the always great Dabney Coleman). Max, when confronted by the group[ at dinner, loses it and unleashes his power and anger at Winslow. From there on things escalate like crazy. It all comes to a silly head in a flash of violence, voodoo and siliness.
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Here’s the trailer: