Checking Out is a 1988 American comedy film, directed by David Leland and starring Jeff Daniels.  Plot Ray Macklin is obsessed with his own mortality. When a close friend suddenly dies of a heart attack at a barbecue, Ray becomes convinced that every ache, pain and twinge he experiences is a sign of his own impending death.
- $31,000 (US), £1,200 (UK)
- Carter Burwell
- $4-6 million
Apr 21, 1989 · Checking Out: Directed by David Leland. With Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker, Kathleen York. A successful family man who works for an airline becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from a heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"
- David Leland
When his best friend drops dead in the middle of telling this groaner, it brings about an existential fear of death for successful airline executive and family man Ray Macklin (Jeff Daniels), who soon becomes convinced that every ache and pain he experiences brings him one step closer to the grave.
The movie stars Jeff Daniels as Macklin, a suburban everyman who half believes he will never die, until his best pal drops dead in the middle of a joke. This is bad news for the pal, bad news for Daniels and bad news for us, too, because the movie makes a running gag out of the fact that we never got to hear the punch line.
Movie Info. An airline executive (Jeff Daniels) with a wife (Melanie Mayron) and two children becomes a hypochondriac afraid of dying. Rating: R. Genre: Comedy. Original Language: English ...