The Secret of My Succe$s (1987) – Encore Review

soms“Please God, help me get out of this. I swear I’ll go all over the world telling people not to screw the boss’s wife.” – Brantley

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count  (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 20 Sep 2008, 12 Feb 2014 and 3 Dec 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A college graduate from the Midwest tries to become a successful businessman in the high powered world of New York City.

My Take on it – I have loved this film ever since I first saw it nearly thirty years ago in the theater.

Michael J. Fox was in his prime at the time and he is perfect here as the main character who is both brilliant and naive at the same time as he tries to quickly climb the corporate ladder.

He is paired here with the beautiful Helen Slater who seems a bit out of her element here but since she and Fox have such amazing chemistry together it doesn’t seem to matter.

The premise of the film is fun, but still a bit far fetched but that’s part of why it works so well.

The story plays out so wonderfully and it really is difficult not to fall in love with the way it all is done so perfectly.

The music has an extremely 80’s vibe to it and is so memorable.

The choice of the corporate world of the 80’s as the backdrop for this story because it is the perfect venue for a film that deals so much with secrets of its characters.

The romantic hi-jinx between all the characters is fun to watch and it makes this film even more enjoyable to follow as things move along.

Bottom Line – Fox is perfect in the naive but brilliant tole if the title character. Slater seems slightly out of her element here but together they actually have nice chemistry.  The premise is a bit far fetched but it plays out so wonderfully that it’s hard not to fall in love with the idea. Excellent 80’s music works really well here. The backdrop if the corporate world of the 80’s is an excellent place to include in a film all about secrets. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater’s kissing scenes required a lot of height adjustments because Fox is much shorter than Slater.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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