Mother (1996)



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In this painfully true-to-life comedy, Beatrice's angst-ridden son John suddenly decides to return home, putting crimp in her blissful solitude. Suffering from writer's block and a recent divorce, aspiring author John goes home to his mother in hopes of understanding his difficulties with other women.
PG-13 (adult situations)
Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Albert Brooks
as John Henderson
Debbie Reynolds
as Beatrice Henderson
Rob Morrow
as Jeff Henderson
Lisa Kudrow
as Linda
John C. McGinley
as John's buddy Carl
Isabel Glasser
as Cheryl Henderson
Peter White
as Charles
Laura Weekes
as Karen Henderson
Spencer Klein
as Josh Henderson
Paul Collins
as Lawyer
Richard Assad
as TV Installer
Joey Naber
as TV Installer
Danielle Quinn
as Jill Henderson
Ernie Brown
as Man at Rest Stop
Anne Haney
as Helen
James Gleason
as Waiter
Matt Nolan
as Gap Salesman
Harry Hutchinson
as Pet Store Salesman
Kimiko Gelman
as Lingerie Saleslady
Rosalind Allen
as Woman at Gas Station
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Critic Reviews for Mother

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9)

Not only will you laugh at someone else's pathetic problems, it'll save you money on therapy.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

It wasn't the automatic laughter produced by slam-dunk punch lines, but the laughter of recognition, of insight, even sometimes of squirmy discomfort, as the truths hit close to home.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For the most part its droll humor rubbed me the right way despite its pat facile conclusion and all the product placements.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The best foreign language film of 2010.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

For people who believe that a grown-up son can never go home again, Brook's serio comedy, one of the few Hollywood pictures dealing with mother-son relationship in a poignant way, came as a surprise; Debbie Reynolds in a comeback turn is great.

Full Review… | December 27, 2006

Off-putting and uncomfortable ... but still pretty funny.

April 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Mother

Mother is a light comedy that focuses on personality. It's a quirky and enjoyable film. Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds also playoff each other well and their, sometimes awkward but silly, banter makes the film.

Jennifer Rosari
Jennifer Rosari

It was good to see what inspired Danzig to write his biggest single.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

humourous..toned-down Albert..some good one liners..

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

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