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Checking Out (2005)



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A feisty octogenarian on the verge of his ninetieth birthday invites his three grown children to his upcoming birthday celebration with the explicit understanding that when the festivities end, so does his life, in a dark but light-hearted family comedy directed by Jeff Hare and starring Peter Falk. Morris (Falk) has lived a full life, but now the time has come to end his impressive run. When Morris goes to mortal extremes to reunite his three estranged children, his morbid declaration helps his offspring to realize that, even in old age, the importance of one individual should never be underestimated. David Paymer, Laura San Giacomo, and Judge Reinhold co-star in the one comedy that proves you're never too old to stir up a bit of mischief.
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    PG-13 (for language, some sexual material and thematic elements)
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    Allumination FilmWorks

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Peter Falk
as Morris Applebaum
Laura San Giacomo
as Flo Applebaum
David Paymer
as Ted Applebaum
Judge Reinhold
as Barry Applebaum
Jeffrey D. Sams
as Dr. Sheldon Henning
Shera Danese
as Rhonda Apple
Dan Byrd
as Jason Apple
Tony Todd
as Manuel
Alex Datcher
as Raphaella
Galen Yuen
as Foreman
Jordana Capra
as Woman Customer
Meghan Perry
as Sitcom Woman
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Critic Reviews for Checking Out

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

This Borscht Belt version of King Lear, recently given a limited theatrical release, will find its true home on video and cable.

October 4, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Top Critic

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.

September 15, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

September 15, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes.

September 15, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

A thoroughly entertaining, intelligent film with an ultimately positive outlook.

Full Review… | September 16, 2006
Film Threat

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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.)

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

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.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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