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The Thing About My Folks (2005)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 36

The Thing About My Folks lacks cohesiveness, and the cloying tone makes the talkiness grating.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 13

The Thing About My Folks lacks cohesiveness, and the cloying tone makes the talkiness grating.



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A middle-aged man finds himself dealing with the divorce of his elderly parents as well as many years of emotional baggage in this poignant comedy drama. Ben (Paul Reiser) is a writer who is enjoying a quiet evening at home with his wife, Rachel (Elizabeth Perkins), when they receive an unexpected visitor, Ben's father, Sam (Peter Falk). As it happens, Sam has some surprising news -- his wife, Muriel (Olympia Dukakis), has left him, leaving behind a note saying she wants some time alone. While



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Feb 14, 2006


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Reiser, a famous face from the long-running TV series Mad About You, here proves himself to be a skilful writer and actor for the big screen.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you.

September 29, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
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If you thought Mad About You was cloying and gaggingly cute, this could give you the dry heaves.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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About as entertaining as the yearly family argument, without any of the holiday turkey to make it worthwhile.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Reiser has given us a film that makes us laugh while contemplating the ways we understand and misunderstand those we love.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Moderately appealing.

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The film is a little saccharine and never as moving as Reiser expected. I know Reiser loves his father, but I didn't need to pay to be told it.

January 13, 2006 Full Review

The Thing About My Folks contains more sap than a Vermont maple.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...provides [Falk] with an opportunity for his best work in a a Hollywood film since the hilarious and underrated Big Trouble (1986).

December 15, 2005

The truth about this sweet, rather shambling little movie is somewhere between the gush and the criticism.

November 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a slow enjoyable ride where you aren't asking "are we there yet?" all the way through it.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

Before I saw this film, only one movie, Field of Dreams, had ever made me cry. Now there are two.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A lot of the humor is forced and unfunny.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If Reiser's smart, he'll hire Falk for a new Columbo episode, 'The Case of the Roadkill Movie.'

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

[Falk turns] a stereotyped curmudgeon into a warm and winning character and the only reason to watch.

October 7, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Formulaic to the max, it's never as funny nor as insightful as it wants to be.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Back when this flick was called "Big Fish," it was a great movie.

October 4, 2005 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

A straight-up case of really bad filmmaking, all mangled punchlines and sitcom setups and all of it too long in the telling.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Director Raymond De Felitta's clinical visual treatment renders the tone too cold.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A 'Mad About Gramps' episode that requires Falk to line-dance to Travis Tritt and otherwise demonstrate that old people sure are funny and cute and flatulent.

September 30, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Takes Reiser's good screenplay, adds a veteran actor who nails his performance, and comes up with a perfectly charming comedy.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Thing About My Folks

What an amazing and magnificent movie. It`s hilarious, deeply moving and utterly satisfying. A masterpiece of comedy and drama well rounded into a real joy of a film. Some of the best and most realistic character work i have ever seen ina film. It delivers unstoppable laughs from start to finish. Peter Falk and Paul Reiser give outstanding and beautiful performances. Falk is brilliant, he gives one of the bet screen performances of 2005. Weiser is excellent, he writes as well as performs superbly in this film. A stunning and well-crafted picture.
December 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

Wow, what a great surprise. Peter Falk is another much under-appreciated actor. And thank you Olympia Dukakis for reaffirming my faith in your ability. How ironic to see this just after seeing her in that horrific Picture Perfect -- another indication of how bad the direction was in that movie.
This one is well worth the time, flixsters, for family, for love, for the time-honored tradition of growing old. Peter Falk is a genius.
December 30, 2006

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I loved the movie!! Very entertaining.
June 11, 2007

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