Mother (II) (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 January 1997 (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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Weekes ...
Karen Henderson
John Henderson
Beatrice Henderson
Richard Assad ...
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Jeff Henderson
Cheryl Henderson
Danielle Quinn ...
Jill Henderson
Spencer Klein ...
Josh Henderson
Billye Ree Wallace ...


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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Annem Annem  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


Rob Morrow's (Jeff) hairstyle changes slightly between shots when he visits his mother; when he appears outside of the house (after storming out following an argument with his brother) his bangs are longer and 'up' whereas in the previous shots they were shorter and down on his forehead. See more »


Beatrice Henderson: I love you.
John Henderson: I know you think you do, Mother.
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References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »


By Antonín Dvorák (as A. Dvorak)
Performed by Fantastic Strings
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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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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