Checking Out (1989)

Checking Out (1989)

Checking Out




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Jeff Daniels stars in this tedious situation comedy concerning the middle-aged terror of illness and mortality. Scripted by Joe Eszterhas, Daniels plays Southern Californian Ray Macklin, who thinks he will live forever but realizes the fallacy of his idea when his best friend drops dead in front of him after issuing the set-up to the old joke, "Why don't Italians like barbecues?" (Which begs the question, "Why can't Joe Eszterhas write funny scripts?" The answer: "He did. Showgirls.") Anyway, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Joe Eszterhas
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On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
HandMade Films

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as Ray Macklin

as Jenny Macklin

as Harry Lardner

as Connie Hagen

as Pat Hagen

as Dr. Duffin

as Mr. D'Amato

as Spencer Gittinger

as Dr. Helmsley

as Heaven Singer

as Dr. Haskell

as Dr. Wolfe

as Joey Macklin

as Heaven Singer

as Mo Macklin

as Andrews

as Heaven Singer

as Spencer's Driver

as Security Guard

as Heaven Singer

as Dr. Duffin's Recepti...

as Workman

as Policeman

as Workman

as Bartender

as Surgeon

as Spencer's Driver

as Young Ray

as Young Pat

as Pat Hagen Jr.

as Denis Hagen

as Mrs. Feldman

as Coffin Truck Driver

as Heaven Singer

as Harry Lardner
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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An absolutely interminable piece of work...

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Checking Out


Jeff Daniels struggles with hypochondria in a black comedy. It's a poorly made movie that is neither funny or watchable. Let's just say that there is a good reason why you probably have never heard of it. (First and only viewing - 7/15/2008)

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