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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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Storyline

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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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:

Annem Annem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$228,040, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:

$19,119,165, 18 May 1997
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though they play mother and son in the film, in actuality Debbie Reynolds was actually only 15 years older than Albert Brooks. See more »

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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: You're running a food museum here.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Chevy Chase/Live (1997) See more »

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Keep On Movin'
By Jazzie B
Performed by Soul II Soul
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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4 May 2005 | by jdollakSee all my reviews

Mother is a beautiful movie, in that it gives us an insight to our relationships with our parents. While I am not female, things might be a little different for daughters, but as a son, I can see the same behaviors that have cultivated in my mother. And she can see it in her mother. My girlfriend can see it in her mother, and her grandmother. While the comedy is a little dry, and actually slightly confusing on the initial viewing, if you return to the movie after a year or so, it will make complete sense. It only gets better after that. I can understand being underwhelmed by this movie the first time. Please don't judge it too harshly. I know I would have rated it a 6 or so when I first saw it, and now I've given it a 9. Maybe I should explain why it doesn't get a 10. There are a few sequences that should have been altered. I found the date scene to be a little too long, and the Mrs Robinson sequence should have been almost completely eliminated. It is a painfully bad gag, and the humor of it is something that can only be appreciated by those of a certain mind set. Don't worry, I'm not insulting you if you like it.


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