MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#44 of 49) – The Secret of My Succe$s (1987) – Encore Review 2

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #44 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“Doin’ this for you as much for me, Mom. All those years of college, they’re gonna start payin’ off. ” – Brantley Foster

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this in the theater when it came out in ’87 and really enjoyed seeing Michael J. Fox in something more mature while still remaining so much fun along the way.

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 20 Sep 2008, 12 Feb 2014, 3 Dec 2016 and 27 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and  Here

Brief Synopsis – A college graduate moves to New York and tries to make it big in the the corporate world, but soon learns that things are not as simple as he thought they would be.

My Take on it – This is such a clever and fun movie that works so well.

Michael J. Fox is superb in the lead role and makes both of his character’s persona seem so real and genuine.

The film deals with the specific of the business world in a superficial way, but it still works in making the viewer believe the way things play out.

Helen Slater is great as the female lead because her character is strong willed and intelligent and knows what she wants in life.

The chemistry between Fox and Slater is electrifying and is great to watch.

The comedy of errors at the Villa towards the end is so much fun to watch especially given the music being played along with it.

The film’s theme songs by David Foster and others is great and helps make things feel even more romantic along the way.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was inspired by the early Hollywood experiences of Steven Spielberg, who snuck onto the Universal Studios lot at a young age and began using an empty office as his own production office. The character of Brantley Foster does the same thing in this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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