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Checking Out (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 December 2006 (USA)
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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Jeff Hare

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Richard Marcus (screenplay), Allen Swift (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Morris Applebaum
Laura San Giacomo ... Flo Applebaum
David Paymer ... Ted Applebaum
Judge Reinhold ... Barry Apple(baum)
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Dr. Sheldon Henning (as Jeffrey Sams)
Shera Danese ... Rhonda Apple
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lisa Apple
Dan Byrd ... Jason Apple
Tony Todd ... Manuel
Alex Datcher ... Raphaella
David Bowe ... Allen
Bob Bancroft ... Foyt
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Luis
Galen Yuen Galen Yuen ... Foreman
Joey Gray ... Dan
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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A comedy about family, forgiveness and food. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Applebaums großer Auftritt See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Peter Falk was 78 when he played the 90 year old Morris, who plans to commit suicide. Falk himself died of Alzheimer's at age 83. See more »

Quotes

Doorman: I love your new show.
Flo Applebaum: So *you're* the one.
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A feel-good movie for literate people
14 April 2005 | by BachfeuerSee all my reviews

Morris and Reva Applebaum had been the toast of Broadway in its heyday. At ninety, Morris is a widower. He summons his sons--the psychotherapist and the BMW car dealer--and his daughter, the television writer/producer--to attend a party in his honor, after which he will euthanize himself. Literal-minded creatures that they are, they take what he says at face value. He leads them, his grandchildren, and some others including an African-American-Jewish psychiatrist reminiscent of Godfrey Cambridge, on a merry chase through Manhattan as they try to stop him or dissuade him.

The comedy totally works. The performances are excellent. Peter Falk is in top form. This film does more than deserve an audience: it deserves popular success.


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