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Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business (1990)

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29

Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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55

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 6,233

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Movie Info

James Belushi and Charles Grodin team up for this variation on the Prince and the Pauper. Belushi plays Jimmy Dworski, a convicted car thief, serving time in a minimum security prison. But when Jimmy wins a pair of tickets to the World Series from a radio call-in show, he can't resist walking out of jail, particularly when the warden won't even let the inmates watch the series on television. Grodin plays rich workaholic Spencer Barnes, who, when his wife walks out on him right before a

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Drama, Comedy

Apr 2, 2002

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

This is a pretty stupid comedy in spots, with holes wide enough to drive trucks through, and director Arthur Hiller is as clunky as ever, but the cast is so funny and likable that they almost bring it off in spite of itself.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Lamely synthetic.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Brash Belushi and befuddled Grodin are perfect casting for yarn about a likable escaped con who assumes the identity of a stuffy, overworked ad agency exec.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The roles fit Belushi/Grodin like rubber, but the rest is second-rate.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Taking Care of Business plays it safe and boring.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's also unexpectedly likeable, thanks to the high-spirited performances of stars James Belushi and Charles Grodin, under the relaxed direction by Arthur Hiller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Typically bland, light-on-laughs mix-up farce

March 29, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A series lame jokes and clunky plot machinations that would strike as cynical were they not so obviously desperate.

May 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

Oh, what a couple of seasoned stars can do with a formula.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Taking Care of Business

A funny and entertaining movie, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

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Silly film but one of the last great comedies of its kind of that era. Great days!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Not only does the movie have Jim Belushi but it has Charles Grodin. Thats a true pairing of unfunny hacks!
May 20, 2006
Godless

Super Reviewer

    1. Jimmy Dworski: A toast on that the Cubs may win the World Series... and big tits.
    – Submitted by Daniel C (23 months ago)
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