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Folks! (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 May 1992 (USA)
A slightly self absorbed yuppie takes in his parents including his senile father, after their home burns down. But his personal and professional life fall apart soon after.

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Jon Aldrich
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Harry Aldrich
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Mildred Aldrich
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Arlene Aldrich
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Audrey Aldrich
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Ed
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Fred
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Kevin (as Kevin Timothy Chevalia)
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Jon has it all, great job, beautiful wife and kids, and a dream house. But when his father, who is a little senile, burns his house trailer down while his mother is in the hospital, Jon brings his parents to live with him. Soon his wife goes home to mother, he's fired for suspicion of insider trading, his sister and her unruly kids get booted out by her boyfriend, and moves in, he's about to be evicted, and his assets are frozen. How could things get any worse? Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Jon Aldrich is about to come face to face with the most terrifying force known to man... His parents.

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Penultimate theatrical feature film directed by Ted Kotcheff whose final cinema movie he would direct would be Hidden Assassin (1995). See more »

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Mildred's dialogue in the bar scene. See more »

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[repeated line]
Harry: I'm happy.
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Spoofs Rain Man (1988) See more »

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Gravel Road
Performed by Magic Slim and the Teardrops
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This a great movie for people who aren't made of stone.
23 June 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie. Sure, it won't win any awards, but it's still a lot funnier than many more successful films out now. Some people seem to have a problem with mixing humor and Alzheimers. My own grandfather had this horrid disease and eventually passed away a few years back. Does this make me feel that this movie is less funny? Not for a moment. The reason is that nothing bad ever happens to Dom Ameche's character. He sets up Tom Selleck time and time again for painful slapstick gags, but he always comes out squeaky clean.

I found the writing witty with some good one-liners and great character interaction. On a believeability scale, it rates pretty low, but it is plausable. I saw no plot holes that others have mentioned, but it's easy to see plot holes when you already know the concept of the story, unlike the characters who are in the dark and haven't seen a "trailer" of their lives. The cast is also great, btw.

All in all, this movie is a great distraction, but if you haven't smile or laughed in awhile and you think South Park is immature, you probably won't like this film. If you do see it, just remind yourself that they are not making fun of Alzheimers, they are poking fun at the misadventures one man has trying to take care of his aging parents while trying to retain his own sanity.


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