The Secret of My Success (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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


Michael J. Fox
as Carlton Whitfield
Helen Slater
as Christy Wills
Richard Jordan
as Howard Prescott
Margaret Whitton
as Vera Prescott
John Pankow
as Fred Melrose
Christopher Murney
as Barney Rattigan
Gerry Bamman
as Art Thomas
Fred Gwynne
as Donald Davenport
Elizabeth Franz
as Grace Foster
Drew Snyder
as Burt Foster
Barton Heyman
as Arnold Forbush
Rex Robbins
as McMasters
Jack Davidson
as Davidson
John Bowman
as Proctor
Jeff Brooks
as Executive #1
Ascanio Sharpe
as Executive #2
Don Amendolia
as Executive #3
Judith Malina
as Mrs. Meacham
Mary Catherine Wrigh...
as Research Department ...
Joe Ragno
as Shipping Executive
Burke Pearson
as Fired Executive
Ray Ramirez
as Liquor Store Owner
Gloria Irizarry
as Wife of Liquor Store...
Mark Margolis
as Maintenance Man #1
Rick Aviles
as Maintenance Man #2
John C. Capodice
as Man in KRS Building
Sally Jane Heit
as Woman in KRS Buildin...
Richard Arthur Gallo
as Harried KRS Executiv...
Arthur Gallo
as Harried KRS Executiv...
John Capodice
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
Top Critic

Does the movie really believe anyone is as stupid as these characters? Does it care?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[A] belabored charade of mistaken identities...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Secret of My Success


Not the greatest 80's movie, but it has its moments.
I did hate Helen Slater's hair and clothes in this. The auntie definitely out glamoured her!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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

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