Checking Out (2005)
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as Morris Applebaum
as Flo Applebaum
as Ted Applebaum
as Barry Applebaum
as Dr. Sheldon Henning
as Rhonda Apple
as Lisa Apple
as Jason Apple
as Woman Customer
as Sitcom Woman
Critic Reviews for Checking Out
This Borscht Belt version of King Lear, recently given a limited theatrical release, will find its true home on video and cable.
Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion.
If this is a good example of the sort of long-forgotten plays that movie producers are unearthing, maybe theater critics need to start digging those graves a little deeper.
Only Laura San Giacomo, as Morris's lonely daughter, Flo, transcends the staginess of the premise and the creakiness of Richard Marcus's screenplay to deliver a performance that feels remotely natural.
A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes.
Audience Reviews for Checking Out
Falk is as good as ever and the rest give it their all; you couldn't ask for a better cast, just better material.
Based on a play, feels like a play. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned, but that means it moves slowly and there's far more sitting around and talking than exciting car chases (although, come to think of it, there's a kind of car chase too). A few of the characters are a little too self-consciously onstagelike, and the production quality is slightly amateurish. However, the script is intelligent, funny, and hits all the right notes without being either too morbid or too sappy. Peter Falk was fantastic, creating his own unique character. The ending veered dangerously close to being trite, but managed to avoid that. All in all, a very satisfying little movie you've probably never seen. (Also, although they have the cast list correct on this site, the cover picture is not. That's from the 1989 film of the same title.)
Yet another one of those movies that fall right in the middle. So-so comedy, has good and bad. It's not awful, it's not good. Good performances. But not always engrossing.
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