A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems.

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Laura Weekes ...
Karen Henderson
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John Henderson
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Carl
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Richard Assad ...
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
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Josh Henderson
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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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24 January 1997 (USA)  »

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

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$19,119,165 (USA) (16 May 1997)
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Brooks also met with Esther Williams to discuss the role of Mrs. Henderson. See more »

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When John pulls into his driveway early in the film, there is another car parked in the street directly in front of his living room window, but when he goes in the house and walks directly to the living room, you can see out that window and there is no car there. See more »

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Soundtrack: And here's to you, Mrs. Henderson. Your grown son is moving back today. Hey, hey, hey. God help him please, Mrs. Henderson. He looks to you to help him with his life. He lost a wife - again.
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References The War of the Worlds (1953) 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
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Courtesy of Mercury Records
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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