The Secret of My Success (1987)


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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.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: A.J. Carothers, Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr., Jack Epps
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On DVD: Oct 27, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Bradley Foster

as Christy Willis

as Howard Prescott

as Vera Prescott

as Fred Melrose

as Barney Rattigan

as Art Thomas

as Donald Davenport

as Grace Foster

as Harried KRS Executiv...

as Burt Foster

as Arnold Forbush

as Fletcher

as McMasters

as Ferguson

as Davidson

as Proctor

as Executive

as Executive

as Executive

as Mrs. Meachum

as Research Department ...

as Shipping Executive

as Fired Executive

as Liquor Store Owner

as Wife of Liquor Store...

as Maintenance Man

as Maintenance Man

as Man in KRS Building

as Woman in KRS Buildin...

as Harried KRS Executiv...

as Man in KRS Building
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of My Success

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Does the movie really believe anyone is as stupid as these characters? Does it care?

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Obviously, no new ground is being broken here, but director Ross keeps things humming in an endearingly old-fashioned way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Such a cute movie!!!! Michael J. Fox is just sooooo adorable I think once I started watching Family Ties my obsession began lol! :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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