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Checking Out (2005)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

Dec 19, 2006

Allumination FilmWorks

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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.

October 4, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

September 15, 2006
New York Times
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A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes.

September 15, 2006
New York Post
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A thoroughly entertaining, intelligent film with an ultimately positive outlook.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Actor-turned-writer Allen Swift's play comes to the screen with staginess intact, and despite attractive cinematography and some nice New York City location footage, the material's provenance is never far from the surface.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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