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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) (29 December 1996)

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$19,119,165 (USA) (18 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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Beatrice Henderson: I'm sorry, John. I wasn't listening.
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Performed by Eric Miller & His Orchestra
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Another Great Albert Brooks Comedy
6 August 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

With "Mother," director Albert Brooks has given us another great comedic filmmaking triumph. The acting is terrific, the laughs come at a fairly steady pace, and, like all great comedies, it has an inner meaning underneath all the smirks and giggles.

Brooks co-wrote, directed, and starred in this one, playing the somewhat unsuccessful science-fiction novelist John Henderson (he's contstantly being compared to Stephen King) who blames his problems with women on Mom. Therefore, he decides to move back in with Mother (played by Debbie Reynolds, whom Brooks somehow lured back to the big screen) and figure out their problems. What ensues might have been sitcom-style laughs, but Brooks and co-writer Monica Johnson know better than that; the laughs are pretty fast-paced but their well-observed ranting as opposed to tasteless wisecracks.

The keys to the film, however, are Brooks and Reynolds, the latter which brings a special emotional undertone to a role that would have been played as all sap by any other actress. Check "Mother" out; if you want smart, funny humor and even a tad bit of drama, you should enjoy it immensely. Rated PG-13. 104 minutes. 8 out of 10.


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