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“Rodney Dangerfield in his most hilarious movie as businessman Thorton Mellon who fights with Kurt Vonnegut, asks "what's a widget?", while trying to please an ultra conservative
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In the mid-1980s, standup comic Rodney Dangerfield underwent a renewed wave of popularity, finding a surprisingly enthusiastic baby-boomer audience. What else to do but make a movie that shows off Dangerfield's alternately knowing and boorish humor? This may not be on the AFI list of great films, but it delivers laughs aplenty in its story of a rough-edged tycoon who made his fortune in clothes for the stout and tall and decides to attend college in order to be closer to his son (Keith Gordon). There's not much plot, but lots of room for Dangerfield's one-line riffs. The goggle-eyed comic veteran displays surprising charm, enough to make his romance with professor Sally Kellerman believable. Look for cameos by late comedian Sam Kinison and author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.--Marshall Fine
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Director: Alan Metter
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2003
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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"3.0 out of 5"
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