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MOTHER

SYNOPSIS:
When science fiction writer John Henderson (Albert Brooks) gets his second divorce, he realises that if he doesn’t straighten out his relationship with his mother, Beatrice (Debbie Reynolds), he is never going to be able to have successful relationships. So he moves back home with Mother and tries to figure out exactly where everything went wrong. But Mother is not the type who thinks her son is perfect. Far from it…

Louise Keller:
"Cute idea, but this reviewer wished the script had a bit more oomph and zest. Perhaps it needed a screen writer with acute observation abilities like Woody Allen or maybe it needed a little more substance. Or a little more bite. There are some funny moments and Debbie Reynolds’ character does have many pleasing subtleties, but the script never holds up and somehow always seems to stands in the way. Albert Brooks gives an insightful performance, and the most enjoyable moments are those which are not necessarily belly laughs, but have a certain truth about them: real life situations, with the nuances of context. Mark Shaiman’s musical score is perhaps the film’s best feature, with lovely musical phrases which pose question marks, highlighting the insecurities and uncertainties of the various characters. Disappointing."

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Debbie Reynolds as Mother: Cheese from the freezer?


Albert Brooks, director, co-writer, star


Mother and Sons

MOTHER (PG)
(US)

 

CAST: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow, John C. McGinley, Isabel Glasser, Peter White.

PRODUCER: Scott Rudin

DIRECTOR: Albert Brooks

SCRIPT: Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Lajos Koltai

EDITOR: Harvey Rosenstock

MUSIC: Mark Shaiman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Charles Rosen

RUNNING TIME: 104 mins

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 8, 1997


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