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The Thing About My Folks (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 September 2005 (USA)
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Ben's dad Sam shows up one night with a note from Ben's mother (Sam's wife of 46 years), that she has left. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day ... See full summary »

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Sam Kleinman
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Ben Kleinman
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Muriel Kleinman
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Rachel Kleinman
Mackenzie Connolly ...
Lilly Kleinman
Lydia Jordan ...
Mia Kleinman
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Linda
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Hillary
Mimi Lieber ...
Bonnie
Bernie McInerney ...
Mr. Harrison
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Young Muriel Kleinman
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Voice of Young Muriel
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Young Sam Kleinman
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Tow Truck Driver
Dennis Sheehan ...
Tackle Shop Owner
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Ben's dad Sam shows up one night with a note from Ben's mother (Sam's wife of 46 years), that she has left. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day trip to see a farmhouse that's for sale. The day trip turns into a road trip while dad and son explore their past, their relationship, and why Sam's wife might have left him. The road trip includes fishing, drinking, playing pool, sleeping under the stars, and frank discussion. Anger simmers close at hand, as do love and hope. Where Sam's wife is - and why she left - leads to the movie's resolution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes the fruit falls very far from the tree.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »
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23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esto es todo amigos  »

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$235,341 (USA) (16 September 2005)

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$814,682 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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When the son and father are driving down the road, the red car behind them disappears then reappears. After a few shots the red car finally passes them. See more »

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[Two young girls walk by. Sam keeps staring after them, finally points at them]
Sam Kleinman: Explain that to me.
Ben Kleinman: What?
Sam Kleinman: The holes in those jeans...
Ben Kleinman: Uh-uh.
Sam Kleinman: They're on purpose?
Ben Kleinman: That's right.
Sam Kleinman: It's not because she's poor, and can only afford ripped clothes?
Ben Kleinman: That's correct, sir.
Sam Kleinman: [takes this in] And she doesn't mind that we can see her ass peeking out like that?
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #14.30 (2006) See more »

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Until We Meet Again
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Written & by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Superb festival entry!
10 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So fortunate were we to see this fantastic film at the Palm Springs International Film festival. Upon entering the theater we were handed a small opinion card that would be used for our personal rating of the film. Looking at the card I turned to my wife and said, "How many movies in your life do you think you can rate as superb? Only about 5 for me." But then watching the interaction between Peter Falk and Paul Reiser while viewing the spectacular scenery in the film's setting of New York state, I slowly starting bumping the movie up a category at a time. Certainly it was good but the totally natural repoire of the actors and an award winning performance by a man who will unfortunately probably be remembered for a raincoat wearing detective rather than this film, the movie jumped to the excellent level.

By the end of the film there were few dry eyes in the house and my usually stoic and callous heart melted just like the Grinch's and I ended up giving this a superb.

This picture is a must for anyone who has parents. No violence or nudity but some strong language.


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