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Mother (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 1997 (USA)
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A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems.

Director:

Albert Brooks

Writers:

Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Collins Paul Collins ... Lawyer
Laura Weekes Laura Weekes ... Karen Henderson
Albert Brooks ... John Henderson
John C. McGinley ... Carl
Debbie Reynolds ... Beatrice Henderson
Richard Assad ... TV Installer
Joey Naber ... TV Installer
Vanessa Williams ... Donna
Lisa Kudrow ... Linda
Rob Morrow ... Jeff Henderson
Isabel Glasser ... Cheryl Henderson
Danielle Quinn Danielle Quinn ... Jill Henderson
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ... Josh Henderson
Anne Haney ... Helen
Billye Ree Wallace Billye Ree Wallace ... Alice
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After two failed marriages, a science fiction writer (Brooks) decides coming to terms with his mom will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with his mom (Reynolds). Written by JG <jmgrant@SoCA.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,701, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$19,145,198

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,145,198
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kathryn Grayson was offered the title role but turned it down saying she couldn't possibly do the part because the woman is "brain dead". See more »

Goofs

When John pulls into his driveway early in the film, there is another car parked in the street directly in front of his living room window, but when he goes in the house and walks directly to the living room, you can see out that window and there is no car there. See more »

Quotes

John Henderson: I like my cheese in the ounces. When they start weighing as much as a Fiat, I get worried.
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References When Worlds Collide (1951) See more »

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Living with mom
24 November 2006 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Albert Brooks plays the son.Debbie Reynolds plays the mother.The son, science fiction writer John Henderson, moves back home to his mother Beatrice Henderson.And the reason this grown up man does so is because he feels like he should do so after two failed marriages.He thinks after that experience his chances for a successful relationship would be better.Albert Brooks directed, wrote and acted the lead in Mother (1996).He's terrific in the movie as is the legendary Debbie Reynolds playing the mother.Rob Morrow, who's still very well remembered as Dr.Joel Fleischman in the great 90's series Northern Exposure, does very good job in this movie playing the brother Jeff.Lisa Kudrow of Friends does a small part as Linda, the blonde John goes out with.She's just wonderful.Paul Collins is brilliant playing the Lawyer.John C. McGinley plays Carl in the movie and he's very good.Mother is a terrific movie that combines comedy and drama in a fine way.It's mighty funny when John makes his room look like exactly the same it looked like when he originally lived there.I think we all should take trips to the past every now and then.Maybe we learn something about ourselves.


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