Nothing in Common (1986)

PG  |   |  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 <>

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


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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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Jackie Gleason was seriously ill with colon cancer, liver cancer, thrombosed hemorrhoids, diabetes and phlebitis. One evening during filming he admitted to his daughter that he only had a short time to live. See more »


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


David Basner: Mom, why don't you put on your shoes and come out of the cage? How many guys have said that to their mothers?
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Garry Marshall once again sugar coats an important issue...and it works here!
15 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

This is the movie that convinced me that Tom Hanks would go on one day to be an Oscar winning actor. In his last screen appearance, "the great one" Jackie Gleason is perfect as the father who becomes a thorn in his son's side. With his career in the advertising business going very well, Hanks is forced to care for his seriously ill father when he can as his parents (Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint is his mother) go through a divorce after 35 years together.

There are some hilarious jabs at some of the immoral politics contained within the corporate world. Bess Armstrong, Sela Ward and Hector Elizondo are all excellent in supporting roles.

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