R | | Comedy
Frustrated with all the minor irritants of the rat-race Richard Jackson decides to buy a goat, disconnect the electricity and become self-sufficient. But will this life be any less annoying?
Though filmed in 1983, new scenes were filmed in early 1984 and directed by Ted Kotcheff that focused on the relationship between the Jackson's and their neighbors, played by Dick Shawn and Nita Talbot. They are credited at the beginning of the film, as well as the film's trailer, but not in the end credits.
You know, I was thinking, we need to do something more, something big, huh? Something dramatic that'll shake the cocksuckers up, huh? Got any ideas?
Peggy Jackson: Yeah. How about quitting?
Richard Jackson: Quitting?
Peggy Jackson: That's what I said.
Richard Jackson: What, you want to call it off?
Peggy Jackson: Richard, you've ...
The title, Check is in the Mail, is used with permission of Dembner Books whose cartoon book with the same title is funny too - but different.
The original cut was 91 minutes, but trimmed down to 82 minutes for its theatrical release. Some scenes were cut and replaced with new footage featuring Dick Shawn and Nina Talbot as the Jackson's neighbors, as well as a new scene where we find out Richard had given haircuts to Robin and Danny, hence explaining their different hairstyles.