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Mother (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 1997 (USA)
A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems.

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

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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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Since she had received no alimony from ex-husband Paul Simon, Albert Brooks asked good friend and daughter of the movie's star Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, if she would ask her ex to give Brooks the right to use an adapted version of his famous song "Mrs. Robinson", originally used in the film The Graduate (1967) along with his equally famous partner Art Garfunkel. As "Simon & Garfunkel", both artists refused to allow anyone use of their iconic song. In the early eighties, the duo were offered a lot of money to rework the song for a "Mr. Coffee" commercial. They refused that and all other offers. However, because of his relationship with Fisher, Simon agreed and the song was rewritten using the name "Mrs. Henderson" instead. See more »

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The "original" baseball card that Jeff tells John is worth $50,000 clearly has the words "Reprint Series" visible on the back, which means it wouldn't be worth more than one dollar in 1996. See more »

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John Henderson: Boy, you MUST be upset. Look, we're actually using the living room.
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Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

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In My Room
By Brian Wilson & Gary Usher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Mother love
9 December 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Albert's Brooks' comedy 'Mother' is frequently hilarious, with some cracking dialogue, and highly perceptive: few viewers will fail to recognise some aspect of their relationships with their family in its portrayal of its eponymous central character and her middle-aged son, played by Brooks himself. But in taking their interaction as its principal subject, instead of using it as a backdrop to a wider story, the film chooses to pursue limited ambitions, and there's a level of contrivance necessary to support this narrow focus: while, at a micro-level, the film is perfect, the overall plot makes less sense, and the ending is a little pat. Not a great film; but one guaranteed to make you smile.


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