Taking Care of Business (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Taking Care of Business (1990)



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James Belushi and Charles Grodin team up for this variation on the Prince and the Pauper. Belushi plays Jimmy Dworski, a convicted car thief, serving time in a minimum security prison. But when Jimmy wins a pair of tickets to the World Series from a radio call-in show, he can't resist walking out of jail, particularly when the warden won't even let the inmates watch the series on television. Grodin plays rich workaholic Spencer Barnes, who, when his wife walks out on him right before a long-planned vacation, leaves his datebook in an airport telephone booth. Happening upon Spencer's datebook is Jimmy, who simply intends to return the datebook to Spencer for a 1,000-dollar reward. But when he finds the datebook contains his credit cards, Jimmy assumes Spencer's identity, living the good life and dating the boss's daughter, while making his way to Malibu to return the property to Spencer.

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Jim Belushi
as Jimmy Dworski
Charles Grodin
as Spencer Barnes
Stephen Elliott
as Walter Bentley
Hector Elizondo
as The Warden
Veronica Hamel
as Elizabeth
as Sakamoto
Tee Rodgers
as Stadium Guard
John P. Menese
as Chauffeur
Stanley DeSantis
as Car Rental Man
Chris Barnes
as Luggage Boy
Jill Johnson
as Tennis Court Girl
Tom Nolan
as Mr. Wright
Marjorie Bransfield
as Tennis Club Receptionist
Selma Archerd
as Woman in Pro Shop
Joe Lerer
as Ira Breen
Howie Guma
as Sakamoto's Assistant
Elisabeth Barrett
as Diane's Assistant
Michele Harrell
as High Quality Receptionist
Stu Nahan
as Radio Reporter
Marjorie Bransfeld
as Tennis Club Receptionist
Michael McNab
as Main Gate Guard
Michael Kinney
as Malibu Jail Guard
Leslie Suzan
as Malibu Jail Woman
Janet Julian
as Woman on Plane
Dan Kern
as Snooty Man
David Ruprecht
as Yuppie Dad
Whitby Hertford
as Yuppie Son
Baldo Dal Ponte
as National Anthem Singer
T. Rodgers
as Stadium Guard
Darlene J. Hall
as Jeep Driver
Lenny Hicks
as Mediator
Joe Bratcher
as Mediator
Burke Byrnes
as Prison Guard
Tony Auer
as Prison Guard
Tommy Morgan
as Gang Member
Buddy Daniels
as Gang Member
Andrew Amador
as Prison Reporter
Sandra Eng
as Prison Reporter
Joe Torre
as Joe Torre
Mark Grace
as Mark Grace
Bert Blyleven
as Bert Blyleven
Mick Blue
as Beach House Cop
Ron Chenier
as Beach House Cop
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Critic Reviews for Taking Care of Business

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

This is a pretty stupid comedy in spots, with holes wide enough to drive trucks through, and director Arthur Hiller is as clunky as ever, but the cast is so funny and likable that they almost bring it off in spite of itself.

May 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Lamely synthetic.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: D

Brash Belushi and befuddled Grodin are perfect casting for yarn about a likable escaped con who assumes the identity of a stuffy, overworked ad agency exec.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The roles fit Belushi/Grodin like rubber, but the rest is second-rate.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Taking Care of Business plays it safe and boring.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

This one is as predictable as sunrise and as stale as bedpost gum.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taking Care of Business

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
Deb S

Super Reviewer

A funny and entertaining movie, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Funny, but nothing to write home about.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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