Nothing in Common (1986)




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Movie Info

Garry Marshall directed this film which starts as a light comedy but moves into heavy-duty drama later on. David Basner (Tom Hanks in a good performance) works in an ad agency, where he enjoys bantering with his co-workers and meets a lot of women. He hasn't been especially close to his father (Jackie Gleason) and never thought about him much until his Dad is left devastated when his wife of 36 years walks out on him. He is soon faced with serious health problems as well. This propels the elder … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Preminger, Rick Podell, Larry Grusin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
Warner Home Video


as Max Basner

as David Basner

as Lorraine Basner

as Charlie Gargas

as Andrew Woolridge

as Donna Mildred Martin

as Cheryl Ann Wayne

as David's secretary

as Shelley the Stewarde...

as Ted Geller

as Cameron

as Receptionist

as Mitchell

as Tour Guide

as Mailroom Boy

as Louise Pelham

as Ed Bedsole

as DJ at Shenanigan's

as Marvin Nadler

as Blonde Saleswoman

as Young Saleswoman

as Nat Vogel

as Auditioning Grandma

as Grandma on Commercia...

as Boardroom Executive

as Boardroom Executive

as Max's Doctor

as Gina the Nurse

as Head Waiter

as Man on Airplane

as Himself

as Fashion Show Announc...

as Jeu De Prume Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Nothing in Common

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Dramatic family story starring serious Jackie Gleason; Tom Hanks is concerned son.

November 3, 2008

Look at the cast. Look at the director. Need I say more?

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Portrays a self-absorbed young man's growth into maturity as he draws closer to his elderly father.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Nothing in Common


Oh Tom Hanks.. I love you, but this movie wasn't funny and I'm not sure it was about anything other than a womanizing man-child dealing with his parents busting up and his dad being ill. I wish it was more than just okay.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

Nothing in Common has nothing worth seeing even for avid Hanks fans. While fans of the actor will still seek this dull and pointless film out most will be thinking the same thing after the two hours they spend watching this sad piece of a young thespians could such great actors be involved in such a lifeless film.

Love watching this, I thought these two actors did a great job with there characters they make you believe they are really father and son and having these problems.

Timeen *

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