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 mostly filmed in 1983, additional scenes were filmed in early 1984 directed by Ted Kotcheff that focused on the relationship between the Jackson's and their neighbors, played by Dick Shawn and Nita Talbot. Though not credited in the actual film, they are in the film's trailer.
Donald! I'm sorry, I didn't see you.
Donald: Hey, Jackson! There's a plane leaving in the morning for Moscow! Why don't you get on it? Commie bastard! Left-wing freak!
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.