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For about 10 years beginning in the late 1970s, Hollywood put out several movies attempting to poke fun at the rat race Americans were allegedly living at the time. Consumerism, credit cards, blah, blah, blah. American Family Man gets fed up. Hijinks ensue. Most of these films suck. “The Check Is In the Mail” (1986) is one of these movies. Brian Dennehy stars (which is never a good idea). After an overly long buildup, he tries to take his family off the grid – no electricity, no car, etc. It’s like a bad reality show mated with a bad sitcom pilot.

A Vietnam-era PTSD victim drifts into a small town, the cops pull a “vet lives matter” on him and all hell breaks loose. Voila! Sylvester Stallone has a second franchise. “First Blood” (1982) is a landmark in macho film history, opening a door that guys like Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal walked through (after they closed it back shut so they could kick it down or blow it up). It’s so macho, David Caruso plays a wimpy guy. Hell, it’s so macho, testosterone-spouting Richard Crenna doesn’t need to show up in his Green Beret outfit until we’re 45 minutes in.