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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Kleinman
Ben Kleinman
Muriel Kleinman
Rachel Kleinman
Mackenzie Connolly ...
Lilly Kleinman
Lydia Jordan ...
Mia Kleinman
Mimi Lieber ...
Bernie McInerney ...
Mr. Harrison
Young Muriel Kleinman
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Young Sam Kleinman
Tow Truck Driver
Dennis Sheehan ...
Tackle Shop Owner


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 <>

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Sometimes the fruit falls very far from the tree.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esto es todo amigos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$814,682 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


[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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Top-notch movie that touches the heartstrings
15 April 2005 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I saw the film at the Nashville Film Festival. It was beautifully done, from cinematography to the acting. It's the story of a father and son, and how they come to appreciate each other during a family crisis. Beautifully written with dialog that never rings false, the film showcases the acting talents of Paul Reiser and Peter Falk, among others in this outstanding cast. The film begins with the aging father (Peter Falk)is trying to figure out why his wife (Olympia Dukakis) has left him. The father presents himself, unannounced, on the doorstep of his son and daughter-in-law. The father and son take off the next day to look at some property and end up taking a classic road trip. They fish, play pool, watch a baseball game, get drunk, get involved in a barroom brawl, and dance with strange women. But more important, they each confront the unspoken tensions that can affect any family. It's the kind of film that touches the heart and makes one appreciate those who are closest to them.

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