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Checking Out (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 December 2006 (USA)
A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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Morris Applebaum
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Flo Applebaum
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Ted Applebaum
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Barry Apple(baum)
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Dr. Sheldon Henning (as Jeffrey Sams)
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Rhonda Apple
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Jason Apple
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Allen
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Foyt
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Luis
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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Peter Falk was 78 when he played the 90 year old Morris, who plans to commit suicide. Falk himself died of Alzheimer's at age 83. See more »

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Morris Applebaum: [to gathered family] First of all I didn't loose Riva, she died. Pain? For months I couldn't get a full breath. Like I had no lungs. It's grief. And it's most potent. But I didn't grieve because of the loss of hope. I grieved because we loved. We loved. We weren't fools. We knew somebody had to go first. But if you love, you got no choice. And it was worth it. Oh, was it worth it.
Dan: So you have like a growth in your head or something that makes you such a whack job?
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Truly funny
11 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Checking Out" is a very witty and honest portrayal of a bizarre family that happens to be Jewish. Judaism plays virtually no role in the film, but American Jewish culture & behavior gets thoroughly sent up... it a loving way. I wish the movie dealt with the religious perspective on the topics it explores, because I think that would have been interesting.

I've never been a Columbo fan so I wasn't familiar with Peter Falk - he's a lot of fun to watch. It's great to see Judge Reinhold, Laura San Giacomo & David Paymer again - why don't they work more? They're all hilarious. The script is terrific with a lot of memorable one-liners I'll be sure to use with my own family. Watch for Gavin McLeod (Captain Stubing!) as the doorman.


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