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I don't understand why this movie hasn't made it to DVD. I think people tend to take it too seriously. It's a hilarious satire aimed squarely at the nanny state attitude prevailing in much of the civilized world nowadays. Alan Arkin is masterful in a role that challenges his wonderful Sheldon Kornpet in the "In-laws" while Marriette Hartley looks cute and plays the straight role of the disbelieving wife and mother. The other characters are all wonderful caricatures put in place to harass the Martleys as their daughter is summarily taken from them by a bureaucratic boob ( Gloria ) who believes that her sole purpose in life is to help people whether they want it or not.( "Everyone in this country has the right to be helped" Her boss, the self important, sinister, amoral.ambitious and Infinitely geeky Harold Cleevish provides the other half of a social welfare system gone amok. Arkin, at first disbelieving of all the chaos erupting around him decides to take decisive action to get even and out from under a system gone mad. The ending is superb. Not to be missed!!!
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