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Odd Jobs (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | March 1986 (USA)
Four students who work on different jobs during their vacations in summer are tired of doing the same thing every year. Therefore they decide to open up a moving company together and ... See full summary »

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Mark Story

Writers:

Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann (as Peter Martin Wortmann)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reiser ... Max
Robert Townsend ... Dwight
Scott McGinnis ... Woody
Rick Overton ... Roy
Paul Provenza ... Byron
Leo Burmester ... Wylie D. Daiken
Thomas Quinn Thomas Quinn ... Frankie
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Loretta & Lynette
Richard Dean Anderson ... Spud
Richard Foronjy ... Manny
Ken Olfson ... Mayor Brady
Jake Steinfeld ... Nick
Eleanor Mondale ... Mandy
Charlie Dell ... Earl
Starletta DuPois ... Dwight's Mom
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Four students who work on different jobs during their vacations in summer are tired of doing the same thing every year. Therefore they decide to open up a moving company together and confront themselves with the former boss of one of them. Written by Volker Boehm

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What Will It Take To Get This Bunch Of Bozos Through College?

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Jobs See more »

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Dolby

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Color (Metrocolor)
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When Roy skis down the stairs of his dorm and goes off the balcony, you can see part of the balcony break away before he actually touches it. See more »

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Features Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Prime Time
Lyrics by Brenda Folk and Keith Landry
Music by Robert Folk
Produced by Robert Folk
Performed by Keith Landry
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A Stand-Up 1980s Comedy
20 August 2015 | by FloodClearwaterSee all my reviews

In Odd Jobs, 1980s stand-up comedians Paul Reiser, Robert Townsend, Rick Overton, and Paul Provenza are cast as average-Joe college men who start a small moving company to make some summer money, then run afoul of the Mob, while falling in and out of various sticky situations.

Highly entertaining, the scripted action combines sight gags, pokes at class, ethnic and racial stereotypes, and wacky mid-80's sexual set-ups.

A major reason to discover the film is provided by Leo Burmester, who steals all available scenes as Wylie, the pomaded long-haul trucker with a heart of gold.

Reiser, who would find lasting acclaim as a neurotic romantic lead in the television series Mad About You, is on form here as the nervous leader of the goofy pack. Off of the club stage, he can simply out- act most of the other stand-ups of his cohort.

Cameos and memorable short roles abound. The film efficiently extracts enjoyable performances from the likes of infomercial legend Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld, and a pre-MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson.

Overlooked when it released, and now all but forgotten, Odd Jobs is a funny movie that earns its laughs like its errant protagonists move their boxes; honestly, with earnest effort.


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