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
Claire Beckman ...
Mimi Lieber ...
Bernie McInerney ...
Mr. Harrison
Young Muriel Kleinman
Voice of Young Muriel
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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's poster is a parody of the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) poster. See more »


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 »


Until We Meet Again
Written & by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Great movie lame title
2 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film back at the 2005 Palm Springs International Festival and of the 14 films I saw there I would rank this #4. The 900+ theater was full and at the end it received a standing ovation. This was classic Peter Falk if you are a Falk fan and displayed a lot of chemistry between the Peter Falk and Paul Reiser characters. The film's title seemed to long and too odd sounding to me. I am surprised this didn't make it into general release. This was far better than the majority of junk that the major studios throw at you. Maybe too adult in that it was geared to the baby boomer and senior audience. A lot of people could relate to situations in this movie. This will probably enjoy a revival of sorts years from now when people look back at this film and consider it a kind of a gem. I would rate this 8.0 to 8.5 on a scale of 10 and definitely recommend it.

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