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Nothing in Common (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  30 July 1986 (USA)
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A successful ad man (Hanks) must juggle his ever-demanding career while his parents' marriage breaks up.

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David Basner is a successful advertising executive who has it all: Money, happiness, and women who want him. Then one day his world falls apart when his mother leaves his father. Now, he must balance his life between his mother, who is happy with her newfound independence, and his father, a recently laid off salesman who is hard-headed, stubborn, and hides a lot from David. Now David must cope with the downfall of his family and his life. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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On his way up the corporate ladder. David Basner confronts his greatest challenge: his father. See more »

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30 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$32,324,557 (USA)
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Several Ringo Starr references were made in the movie: David aims at being a fourth partner in the firm just like Ringo was the fourth person to join the Beatles. David plays with drum sticks, a reference to Ringo being a drummer. Then when doing auditions for grandmothers, Roger mentions how Ringo Starr had become a grandfather in his 40s. See more »

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David's Jeep has an automatic transmission in some scenes, a manual transmission in others. See more »

Quotes

Max Basner: Your best friend is your dick.
David Basner: Now where did I learn that? Your best friend is *your* dick.
Max Basner: Great, maybe the four of us can get together and have lunch.
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Referenced in Clerks. (1994) See more »

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Nothing In Common
Written by Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie
Performed by The Thompson Twins
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Lots of talent, script a little facile
18 September 2004 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The film begins with a barrage of wit from Tom Hanks as an adman whose business is creativity. And indeed why should he not be witty? But then we meet his father, who is on his way to dying the death of a salesman, and his father is just as brilliantly witty. The lines just aren't lines that ordinary people could come up with. Everyone is a little too quick with the comedy, and when the comedy pauses, everyone is a little too quick to come up with the deep but gracefully phrased emotional revelations. And yet the movie is long; though most of the large cast of characters is quite undeveloped, still the script has a mighty load of relationships: Hanks with his father, Hanks with his mother (not so much), Hanks with two different girlfriends, the father with the mother, Hanks with his boss, and Hanks with the big client. The big client is perhaps the worst: the stereotype of the big blowhard who is charmed when you call him a big blowhard to his face.

I think there were two movies here: the one about the workplace, with a little subplot about the father; and the one about the father, with a little subplot about the workplace. I suspect, with no huge evidence, that someone had an emotional investment in not leaving material out. Some of the details have the ring of autobiography.

Several big talents appear in the movie: not only Jackie Gleason, Tom Hanks, and Eva Marie Saint but also Hector Elizondo and, in a tiny role, Dan Castellaneta. Nobody does anything here that he hasn't done better elsewhere, but still it's good to see them all.


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