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The Thing About My Folks (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 23 September 2005 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Kleinman
... Ben Kleinman
... Muriel Kleinman
... Rachel Kleinman
Mackenzie Connolly ... Lilly Kleinman
... Mia Kleinman
... Linda
... Hillary
... Bonnie
Bernie McInerney ... Mr. Harrison
... Young Muriel Kleinman
... Voice of Young Muriel
... Young Sam Kleinman
... Tow Truck Driver
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

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Rated PG-13 for language, including some suggestive references | See all certifications »
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23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esto es todo amigos  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$235,341, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$814,682, 30 October 2005
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In the movie, Paul Reiser drives a Peugeot 505. In the Columbo TV series, Peter Falk drives a Peugeot 403. See more »

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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 »

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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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Insightful Movie
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Peter Falk is a diverse and accomplished actor. The movie is well written and the acting seems like real life. For all lovers of Columbo this is a superior piece of work. Because it shows what a talent Peter Falk is. He doesn't play a detective he plays a retired carpet salesman. By the time the credits begin to role you already want to watch it again. The interesting part of the movie is that the message will apply to every person that watches it; the depth of its' pertinence will be the only thing that varies. It is a shame that the liberals in Hollywood only promote smut and skin because this is the type of movie that the people in the business should be proud of. This would be a great movie to turn into a live stage play.


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