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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 »

Director:

Raymond De Felitta

Writer:

Paul Reiser
4 wins & 3 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 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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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

Gross USA:

$816,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$823,337
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Paul Reiser drives a Peugeot 505. In the Columbo TV series, Peter Falk drives a Peugeot 403. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #14.30 (2006) See more »

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Until We Meet Again
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Written & by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Mediocre at best. Disappointing performances and story.
6 November 2009 | by szokiaSee all my reviews

Meh. This will not go down in history as a memorable movie. At least not for me it won't. The only thing memorable about it would be Peter Falk's less than masterful overdoing of the Jewish father schtick. And I generally have quite a soft spot for Peter Falk...

The movie overall was OK, but just in the most general sense. The plot line started out interesting but fizzled badly in the end. No real strength to the whole story. Paul Reiser did not do his best work here either. I don't think any of the actors really meshed with each other. Instead of telling a story, they kept kind of acting "at" each other. There was a woodenness about the whole effect. Even the great Olympia Dukakis could not get into her character's groove. And you only saw her for about ten minutes at the very end. But it's the worst acting I've ever seen from her, ever. Which isn't saying much, I know, because she is otherwise a fabulous actress. Let's just say her acting in this probably embarrassed all her acting coaches. It was not good.

Elisabeth Perkins was pretty, as usual, but completely lacked character or depth. The few witty lines she was given somehow just didn't make the cut either. They all fell kind of flat. You somehow knew they were meant to be funny, but just couldn't see the actual funny part for yourself.

All in all, a pretty ho-hum little movie that I would never take the time to watch again.


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