One man's mission to follow his dream is comically halted in its tracks at the request of his dear, but difficult, aged Jewish mother who is hell-bent on seeing her warring dysfunctional grown up grandchildren together one last time before she dies.
An up-tight lawyer, Lenny Rubin, (Timothy Spall), has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown-up children are certainly not even from the same planet: a ruthless control-freak and hard-nosed capitalist, an outspoken, argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause, an outer-worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all, a bible bashing born-again Rabbi. While they might quarrel, fight, and perhaps even be starting a war in Africa, they are still family. It is going to take a whole lot of soul-searching and sacrifice for everyone to come together in this comic drama. Written by
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490th Review: Genuinely funny, moving, and enjoyable
This is definitely one of my favourites of the year - a good. classic comedy with stonkingly good performances particularly from Tim Spall who always was good at social comedy.
The plot has Jewish mother and Grandmother (a feisty Honor Blackman) wish to see her son's four children reunited for Pesach - Passover. Of course, they're not on talking terms with each other - one's a career fanatic, the other a Chasidic Rabbi, the third has rejected his roots and become a Buddhist monk, and finally, a daughter, who works in Africa and is intent on saving the world.
The only thing that was slightly off-kilter was the subplot about the mining and the display. Otherwise this is a terrific comedy with some real laughs, a few tears, and even some spirituality. Above all though, this is a very fine social comedy about family.
A fun film with good performances.
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