Taking Care of Business

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After winning tickets to the World Series, Jimmy Dworski (James Belushi) walks out of his minimum security prison and starts hitchhiking to the big game. While in an airport, he discovers a leather datebook that belongs to Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin), a wealthy corporate businessman who's just been dumped by his wife. At first, Jimmy wants to return it for a reward, but, when he realizes it's filled with credit cards, he decides to hold on to it for just a little longer.

Cast & Crew

Jim Belushi
Jimmy Dworski
Charles Grodin
Spencer Barnes
Anne De Salvo
Debbie Lipton
Loryn Locklin
Jewel Bentley
Stephen Elliott
Walter Bentley
Héctor Elizondo
Warden Toolman
Veronica Hamel
Elizabeth Barnes
Mako
Mr. Sakamoto
Gates McFadden
Diane Connors
Geoffrey Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Taking Care of Business

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Audience Reviews for Taking Care of Business

  • Jul 09, 2011
    A great little comedy from the early 90's with James Belushi playing a likeable con who escapes from prison to attend the World Series while getting his fellow in-mates to cover it up. Whilst on the outside he stumbles upon uptight business executive Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin) Filofax personal organizer and ends up assuming his identity living it up in the lap of luxury turning Spencer's life upside down along the way. Now all he needs to do is break back in before the warden realizes what has happened because Belushi only has two days to go before his release from prison.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A funny and entertaining movie, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2008
    Charles Grodin has always been great at playing the straight man in comedies. He's usually the put upon character who doesn't quite understand what is happening around him. Here he plays an ad exec whose entire life is contained between the covers of his filofax. When he accidentally loses it, his life quickly falls in to chaos. Jim Belushi plays an escaped car thief who find the filofax as he tries to make his way to the World Series to watch his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. He quickly assumes Grodin's identity and live the high life while on the lam from the law. It's mistaken identity to the nth degree as Belushi begins to unravel everything Grodin has worked for. But he may doing him a favor while doing it. It's a twist on the "Trading Places"-type of comedy where the lower class slob shows the upper crust how to lighten up. What would you do if you were suddenly given the keys to paradise? Would you try to fit in, or make that world fit around you? Jim Belushi will never be his brother, the late great John Belushi. But he never tries to be. He deliver the smart aleck lines with skill, and make the character a likeable oaf. Grodin is great as his foil. A man who loses total control of his life, but finds himself again in the process. Sounds preachy for a comedy, but it really isn't. It's a fun ride, and director Arthur "Silver Streak" Hiller keeps things moving quickly, balancing the rise and fall of each characters luck in the process. It may not be "Trading Places", but it's fun all the same.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2008
    Funny, but nothing to write home about.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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