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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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Raymond De Felitta

Writer:

Paul Reiser
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Sam Kleinman
Paul Reiser ... Ben Kleinman
Olympia Dukakis ... Muriel Kleinman
Elizabeth Perkins ... Rachel Kleinman
Mackenzie Connolly Mackenzie Connolly ... Lilly Kleinman
Lydia Jordan ... Mia Kleinman
Ann Dowd ... Linda
Claire Beckman ... Hillary
Mimi Lieber ... Bonnie
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Mr. Harrison
Catherine Taormina ... Young Muriel Kleinman
Rachel Robinson ... Voice of Young Muriel
Rich Duva ... Young Sam Kleinman
Marshall Efron ... Tow Truck Driver
Dennis Sheehan Dennis Sheehan ... Tackle Shop Owner
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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 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes the fruit falls very far from the tree.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esto es todo amigos See more »

Filming Locations:

Garwood, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,341, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$814,682, 30 October 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Soundtracks

Until We Meet Again
(uncredited)
Written & by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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This was a lovely film
5 February 2005 | by urthlngsSee all my reviews

We just returned from a showing of "The Thing About My Folks" at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and couldn't help pondering why this film does not have national distribution. Peter Falk's performance of the father was sheer genius. Paul Reiser's script was insightful and very tender. The cinematography was breathtaking:What could be more beautiful than autumn in upper New York State with the the changing of the leaves. (Especially as seen from the seat of a 1936 Ford). If this finally does get national distribution, I'm certain Peter Falk will be up for some kind of acting award. His depiction of the 'father who worked too hard' was brilliant. My husband and I laughed and cried. At a time when war rages abroad, it's such a relief to see a film with no car chases, explosions, and senseless gun battles. This was a lovely film. Good luck to the creators.


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