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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.

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Albert Brooks
as John Henderson
Debbie Reynolds
as Beatrice Henderson
Rob Morrow
as Jeff Henderson
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
Richard Assad
as TV Installer
Joey Naber
as TV Installer
Danielle Quinn
as Jill Henderson
Ernie Brown
as Man at Rest Stop
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 (39) | Top Critics (10)

Brooks has created his best work so far. His oddball comedy has sometimes missed the target, but with Mother he has chosen an ancient theme and given it a smart, modern spin.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4
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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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

September 26, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The best foreign language film of 2010.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

December 27, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mother

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

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debbie's perfect

jay nixon
jay nixon

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