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Mother (II) (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 December 1996 (USA)
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A neurotic, twice divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mom to solve his personal problems.

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Lawyer
Laura Weekes ...
Karen Henderson
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John Henderson
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Carl
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Beatrice Henderson
Richard Assad ...
TV Installer
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TV Installer
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Donna
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Linda
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Jeff Henderson
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Cheryl Henderson
Danielle Quinn ...
Jill Henderson
Spencer Klein ...
Josh Henderson
Anne Haney ...
Helen
Billye Ree Wallace ...
Alice
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After two failed marriages, a science fiction writer (Brooks) decides coming to terms with his mom will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with his mom (Reynolds). Written by JG <jmgrant@SoCA.com>

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No Actual Mothers Were Harmed During The Making Of This Motion Picture. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$228,040 (USA) (27 December 1996)

Gross:

$19,119,165 (USA) (16 May 1997)
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Trivia

Brooks also met with Esther Williams to discuss the role of Mrs. Henderson. See more »

Goofs

John is driving out of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge supposedly in the evening. However, traffic is heavy going in while outbound traffic is light, indicating that it is actually the morning commute. See more »

Quotes

John Henderson: You're running a food museum here.
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Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Across The Line
By Robert Cray, Richard Cousins, Peter Boe, David Olson, D. Amy, Joe Louis Walker & Henry Oden
Performed by The Robert Cray Band
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By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A genius on top form
8 March 2000 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, from the endless stream of average movies, comes a gem, this is one such film.

Albert Brooks is impossible to beat if you're looking for character driven comedy, and "Mother" comes second only to another Brooks film, "Modern Romance".

Here we have the story of a science-fiction writer, blocked and fresh from his second divorce. It's the break up with this woman that prompts John Henderson (Brooks) to move back in with his mother, in the hope that solving his life-long problems with her will lead to the solution of his myriad of other problems.

The comedy is brilliant throughout. The scene in his mother's kitchen (food talk) is a contender for the finest comedy scene ever written. And the small things, that other writers neglect, are what make this film a standout: One example is the scene when Brooks' character is attempting to make a start on his next novel; it's truly hilarious, and any telling of its humour hear wouldn't convey the true laugh-out-loud quality of the moment, so just watch the movie.

Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds both give perfect performances as the lost and insecure son, and the unsure and uninterested mother, and their chemistry is unique.

An absolute comedy gem, and my second favourite film of all time; second only to "Modern Romance"


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