The American Experience Blogathon – Fun With Dick and Jane (1977)

This review is part of the The American Experience Blogathon being run by Debbie over at Moon in Gemini

Tnx for letting me take part!

“[upon hearing of Dick’s firing] Are we going to be poor, like the Waltons? ” – Billy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After losing his job, a middle class couple decide to try and rob a bank.

My Take on it – Fun film that hinges its plot on a social issue that still feels relevant 44 years later which helps make things feel even more timeless.

George Segal and Jane Fonda are both great in the lead roles and help keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The chemistry between them is electric and it’s easy to believe them as a marred couple going through these problems together.

The story borders on being a farce, yet still manages to stays engaging throughout.

The way that the film depicts the bureaucracy of government agencies is fun to watch especially given the fact that not much has probably changed since this film was made.

The various situations that these characters get themselves into over the course of the story is entertaining and manages to keep things quite engaging throughout.

The scene in the unemployment office is hilarious to watch unfold.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Ed McMahon was announcer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), he wanted to show a clip from this movie on the show to help promote the film. When he explained he could not because the clip was damaged when he was a guest on the show hosted by rival talk show host Merv Griffin, his boss Johnny Carson ribbed him a little bit about being on another talk show.(From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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4 thoughts on “The American Experience Blogathon – Fun With Dick and Jane (1977)

  1. I LOVE this film, in fact, I covered it for a different blogathon. So glad you liked it, and for some of the same reasons I like it. Thanks for bringing it to the blogathon!


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