Checking Out (2005)
Average Rating: 4.9/10
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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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A feisty octogenarian on the verge of his ninetieth birthday invites his three grown children to his upcoming birthday celebration with the explicit understanding that when the festivities end, so does his life, in a dark but light-hearted family comedy directed by Jeff Hare and starring Peter Falk. Morris (Falk) has lived a full life, but now the time has come to end his impressive run. When Morris goes to mortal extremes to reunite his three estranged children, his morbid declaration helps his
Apr 10, 2005 Wide
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This Borscht Belt version of King Lear, recently given a limited theatrical release, will find its true home on video and cable.
Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion.
If this is a good example of the sort of long-forgotten plays that movie producers are unearthing, maybe theater critics need to start digging those graves a little deeper.
Only Laura San Giacomo, as Morris's lonely daughter, Flo, transcends the staginess of the premise and the creakiness of Richard Marcus's screenplay to deliver a performance that feels remotely natural.
A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes.
A thoroughly entertaining, intelligent film with an ultimately positive outlook.
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