The Secret of My Success

1987, Comedy, 1h 50m

37 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A miscast Michael J. Fox gives The Secret of My Success all the madcap energy he can muster, but it isn't enough to overcome confused direction and a recycled plot. Read critic reviews

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Recent college graduate Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox) travels from his home in Kansas to New York City to pursue a new finance job. However, when Brantley arrives, he learns that his position has been eliminated, and he's forced to take a job working for his inept Uncle Howard (Richard Jordan), who became a company president through marriage. Brantley starts as a mere mailroom worker, but quickly climbs the corporate ladder when he begins posing as an executive.

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Michael J. Fox
Brantley Foster, Carlton Whitfield
Helen Slater
Christy Wills
Richard Jordan
Howard Prescott
Margaret Whitton
Vera Prescott
John Pankow
Fred Melrose
Fred Gwynne
Donald Davenport
Elizabeth Franz
Grace Foster
Jim Cash
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  • Jul 24, 2011
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Mar 06, 2008
    one of my fave michael j fox flicks from the 80's
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2008
    Such a cute movie!!!! Michael J. Fox is just sooooo adorable I think once I started watching Family Ties my obsession began lol! :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer

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