The Secret of my Success (1986)

I have wanted to write a review for The Secret of my Sucess for many years. After much convincing, I finally got the wife to sit down and watch one of my favourite movies from the 1980s. 

There is no particular reason why I love this movie, I just do. It is crazy and over the top, pure fiction. The best part of all that is it could have actually happened in the 1980s. Those were the days before social media and face recognition programs and all the advances in modern technology. 

There is really no telling whether this was based on a true story from who knows when, or just fiction that someone had an extraordinary mind to come up with.

Michael J. Fox was popular during this decade, which would be a huge selling point for many. He looks like he’s 18 and doesn’t have the capabilities to survive the cut-throat industry known as wall street. That is just one of the many aspects I loved. The underdog achieved his goals, both in business and love, despite all the odds against him.

As a sucker for a good love story, this one has some crazy love angles and some real ones. You have to overlook most of them to see that two complete strangers could fall for each other, despite some major hiccups in the process.

This film doesn’t dig deep into the dark side of wall street but takes a passing glance at what it is like in board rooms of major corporations with mergers on the line. In the end, the good guys win, and the bad guys get what is coming to them. 

The Secret of My Success is a movie that could make my list of desert island picks, that’s how much I like it. 9/10


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