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The Secret of My Success (1987)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

PG-13,

Comedy

Oct 27, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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The movie builds up a lot of good will early on, which is needed when the time comes to resolve its farcical complications.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Obviously, no new ground is being broken here, but director Ross keeps things humming in an endearingly old-fashioned way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Does the movie really believe anyone is as stupid as these characters? Does it care?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[A] belabored charade of mistaken identities...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The 1980s were not a particularly inspired era, so it's appropriate that a middling romantic comedy like this one would earn the title of quintessential movie of the decade.

May 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

enjoyable fluff

February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Quintessential 1980s comedy

November 3, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Does the fun ever start?

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Surprisingly sharp comedy.

June 19, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Secret of My Success

A classic 80s movie with Michael J. Fox at his finest. The idea of this movie is as good in execution as it seems on paper, actually probably a lot better than it looks on paper. Whether it's the odd, slightly incestuous relationships or the orchestra of sex, there's never really any dull moments in this at all. The main story is hard not to get into, mainly because it's so funny to see Michael J. Fox running around trying to be two people at once. Obviously if you hate 80s comedies this isn't something you should see because it features all the classic qualities of the decade. Featuring "Oh Yeah" by Yello no less than two times and having a soundtrack number every for minutes kind've shows you how fast paced and kooky this can get at times.
July 24, 2011
ythelastman89

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A yuppie trying to rise up to the top has his life complicated by love. This is a great 80s flick, very funny and very timely. Fox is great as usual, and so is Slater. I really like this movie, and I recommend seeing it.
February 4, 2011
ajv2688

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One of my favourite 80?s films. It makes me want to go ?Ooooooooh yeeeeeeeeeah? in a really deep voice just thinking about it!
September 29, 2009
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