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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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John Henderson
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Carl
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Richard Assad ...
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Jill Henderson
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Josh Henderson
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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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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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Brooks also met with Esther Williams to discuss the role of Mrs. Henderson. See more »

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When John is reading his mothers transcript of the story she wrote in her youth we see that she has misspelled the name of the Whitman's candy company as Whittman. 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 Graduate (1967) See more »

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Mrs. Robinson
by Paul Simon
Special lyrics by Albert Brooks & Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
Performed by Steve Lively & Jess Harnell
Produced by Marc Shaiman
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The movie grows on you
6 March 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw Mother in a theater and came away only partially impressed. Although I appreciated the witty script, I thought Brooks missed making his point about the complicated relationships between mothers and sons. However, I've warmed to this film after seeing it over and over on cable. The dialogue is great, and Brooks and Reynolds are a wonderful comic team. For example, I love the way Brooks wags a banana at Reynolds when she questions why women leave him. And it's hilarious when Brooks and his brother fight over Reynolds like she was their mistress. The ending is a little too pat -- I don't think sons ever resolve their conflicts with their mothers, or even understand them. But it's Brooks' best film after Lost in America. And that ain't bad.


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