No accountant played by Henry Winkler could be a total nerd. Sure, Chuck Lumley starts out that way, bullied out of the financial industry into a dead-end job at the city morgue, bullied out of sex by his neurotic fiancee, even bullied out of getting the sandwich he wants by the local deli delivery guy. But when self-proclaimed “idea man” Bill Blazejowski (Michael Keaton) becomes his co-worker, the two hit upon an unlikely scheme — making the morgue the center of a call-girl operation – that gives Chuck a sudden influx of self-confidence and swagger.
Even so, there’s a nice side to his machismo, as the accountant becomes the most enlightened pimp ever – helping his employees invest their money wisely and even giving them a company health plan. Unfortunately, the competition and the law make the business short-lived, but still, Chuck has set a good example. Will Ferrell’s Allen Gamble in 2010’s The Other Guys (a pimp-turned-NYPD accountant) owes a debt of influence both to Chuck and to Oscar Wallace in The Untouchables.
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