Easy Money (1983)

R   |    |  Comedy

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To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him.

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  • Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983)
  • Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983)
  • Joe Pesci and Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983)
  • Joe Pesci in Easy Money (1983)
  • Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983)
  • Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983)

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20 April 2006 | MartinHafer
| easily skip-able, but still good for some laughs
I am not a huge fan of this film, but I've got to admit that it will most likely make you laugh. It's extremely low-brow and has a lot of cheap laughs, but sometimes a movie like this is exactly what you might need. In other words, nothing deep or requiring your full attention--just a silly movie. To me, this movie is nearly as funny as Dangerfield's follow-up film, BACK TO SCHOOL and both are fun time-passers.

The plot, such as it is, is really just an excuse to watch Rodney tell a lot of dopey jokes and get in stupid situations. He is ably assisted by a pre-mafia days Joe Pesci--an amiable friend who tries to keep Rodney from losing the money left to him by his battleaxe mother-in-law in her will--provided he STOP drinking, gambling and lose weight. The end is particularly satisfying and it's a fun romp.

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After the Monahan's fashion show Monty says he doesn't care about money and wants the family back to the way it was . Just then you hear the Cuckoo clock going off, symbolizing the family is Cuckoo or crazy.


Rose Capuletti: All I ever wanted was a happy family. That's all I ever asked for: a happy family. A family that loved each other. I never cared about anything else!
Monty: Stop it, will ya'? I can't take it no more!
Monty: Money caused all this. I don't wanna' be rich. We're ...


When Nicky and Monty crash the van the toilet comes out and crashes to the road first but the wedding cake was loaded last at the bakery and should have fallen out before the toilet.

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of this movie known to exist. One is the original theatrical cut, which has made its way to video and DVD. The other, which has been seen on premium cable stations (HBO, Showtime), has an additional scene at a boxing fight with Monty, Nicky, and Paddy. After Monty tells the parents to "shut the fat little bastard up." We see an aerial view of a boxing ring with the sound of the national anthem. After the announcer sings the national anthem at the match, we see Monty passing peanuts, beer, and hot dogs around while looking at them in vain. As he watches the fight, he sees one of the fighters get knocked out and he sees himself as that fighter two times. Yelling "I got to get out of here!", Monty begins to leave, but things stop him. A vendor holding out a hot dog saying "Have a hot dog, son." He turns from them and sees his Mob pals beckoning him with girls and money. He then sees his next door neighbor offering him a joint with his girlfriend who pulls up her top. Finally, he sees Scrapleton with Mrs. Monahan dressed in a devil suit. He holds the deed for Monty's money. All of these people he sees are of his own imagination. As Nicky yells out "Where you going!", Monty exits the arena. We then see him sitting in front of the television. All TV versions of "Easy Money" also exclude this scene.


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by Zachary Smith and
Patty Smyth
Performed by Scandal
Courtesy of Columbia Records


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