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Nothing in Common (1986)




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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 Basner on a downward slide that affects David and their relationship.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


Jackie Gleason
as Max Basner
Tom Hanks
as David Basner
Eva Marie Saint
as Lorraine Basner
Hector Elizondo
as Charlie Gargas
Barry Corbin
as Andrew Woolridge
Bess Armstrong
as Donna Mildred Martin
Sela Ward
as Cheryl Ann Wayne
Carol Messing
as David's secretary
Cindy Harrel
as Shelley the Stewarde...
Bill Applebaum
as Ted Geller
Toni Hudson
as Receptionist
Ben Rawnsley
as Mitchell
Kathi Marshall
as Tour Guide
Scott Marshall
as Mailroom Boy
Lynda Goodfriend
as Louise Pelham
Ron Dean
as Ed Bedsole
Vincent Guastaferro
as Marvin Nadler
Andra Akers
as Blonde Saleswoman
Tracy Reiner
as Young Saleswoman
Harvey Keenan
as Nat Vogel
Lorna Thayer
as Auditioning Grandma
Meg Wyllie
as Grandma on Commercia...
David Hall
as Boardroom Executive
Bo Sabato
as Boardroom Executive
Jack Larson
as Max's Doctor
Julie Paris
as Gina the Nurse
Steve Restivo
as Head Waiter
Lou Evans
as Man on Airplane
Conrad Janis
as Himself
Lucinda Crosby
as Fashion Show Announc...
Andrew Paris
as DJ at Shenanigan's
Shirley Kirks
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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