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Nothing in Common (1986)

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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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It's a comedy. And a drama. Just like life. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nada en común  »

Box Office


$32,324,557 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


David Basner: I'm just protecting my balls, just as, I'm sure, at one time or another, you have protected your own
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


Until you say you love me
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Written by Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass
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An intelligent and moving comedy drama featuring one of Tom Hanks' better performances
17 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NOTHING IN COMMON was a smart and sentimental comedy drama that offered a pre-Oscar'ed Tom Hanks one of his best earlier roles. Hanks plays David Basner, an advertising executive whose lightning-quick advancement at his company becomes hampered when has to start taking care of his father (Jackie Gleason, in his final film role)who has become completely helpless after his wife (Eva Maria Saint) has left him. This comedy takes some pointed and effective jabs at the advertising industry and still manages to be a warm family story as well. Hanks beautifully walks a fine line between comedy and drama in one of his better and nearly forgotten performances. Gleason is abrasive as the dad, but Saint is lovely as the mom. Sela Ward, Bess Armstrong, and Barry Corbin are also effective in supporting roles and the ending has been known to produce a few tears. An intelligent and heartwarming look at the choices that we sometimes have to make regarding career and family.

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