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Smother (2008)

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After being fired from his job, an everyday guy faces pressure from his wife about having a baby, while having to deal with his suffocating mother, who has decided to move in with the couple.


Vince Di Meglio





Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Marilyn Cooper
Dax Shepard ... Noah Cooper
Liv Tyler ... Clare Cooper
Ken Howard ... Gene Cooper
Jerry Lambert ... Donnie Booker
Selma Stern Selma Stern ... Helen Cooper
Mike White ... Myron Stubbs
Steven Christopher Parker ... Dana
Henriette Ivanans ... Therapy Receptionist
Frank Crim ... Bob
Eddie Frierson ... Ralph
James Taku Leung ... Hartanto
Matt Steinauer Matt Steinauer ... Carpet Bazaar Mascot
Rachel Cannon ... Waitress
Tara Moore Tara Moore ... Pippi


What would you do if your mother moved in with you and just wouldn't leave? When NOAH COOPER, 29, is fired from his job as a therapist, he thinks his day can't possibly get worse. When he arrives home his already full house gets even crazier when MARILYN, Noah's overbearing mother arrives with her five dogs in tow needing a place to stay. Comedy ensues as Noah learns to deal with the pressures of finding a job, a wife who desperately wants a baby, and worst of all a mother who won't quit smothering! Written by Anonymous

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Everyone wants to be loved. Just not this much.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2008 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Casamento em Dose Dupla See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The production shoot for this picture went for 25 days. See more »


Noah Cooper: Well, since you're riding mass transit, I guess I'll take a look.
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References TRON (1982) See more »


Love --> Building On Fire
Written by David Byrne
Performed by Talking Heads
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Not to bad considering Keaton's recent form..but Tyler is ridiculous!
8 October 2008 | by Dan-I-amSee all my reviews

Diane Keaton is going through a really rough couple of years. Lets check her last few movies:Because I Said So-Shocking film and didn't go so well at the box office, Mama's Boy- Shocking film, horrific at the box office and Mad Money-A good movie in my book, but a poor box office return.

So where does that leave Smother? Here we have a mother who moves in with her son causing chaos in her son's life. Its a fun comedy, but with nothing new or exciting that we haven't seen before. Dax Shepherd steers the ship, and is actually not to bad as the lead who's life just keeps getting harder and harder. As for Keaton, well she is a lot of fun as the annoying mother who doesn't want to move out of her son's house. She plays it rather well and her character is actually quite likable. She has great chemistry with Dax and together they make a great team.

So what flaws this movie if not Keaton, who has been out of form for so long? Its Liv Tyler, her performance is so fake and forced that you find yourself cringing at each word that comes out of her mouth. She is not believable at all and in a scene of her being angry she is practically laugh worthy! Its good to see Keaton slowly getting back into form after her shocking last couple of movies, Mad Money not included. But Liv Tyler needs to try harder and she is the real problem with this film. But other than that, Smother is a not bad comedy for a lazy afternoon.

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