The Check Is in the Mail (1986)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

In an unusual comedy by Joan Darling, Brian Dennehy and Anne Archer star as the Richard, a druggist, and his wife Peggy, a pair of debt-ridden parents who rebel against the system. Nothing goes right while they try to uphold the system, then things get even worse when they leave it. Richard decides to pull the plug on modernity when he cannot meet his utility bills and creditors are at his door like wolves. He shuts off the electricity and sets up candles, buys a goat, and digs a well in the back yard. He finally does hit water, but it happens to be the city's water main. Peggy is not quite as crazed as her husband so she goes to see a shrink -- who promptly dies on her. If anything can go wrong for Richard and Peggy, it will.



American-dream, anti-technology, family, finances, frontiersman, rat-race, self-sufficiency, survivor, vacation