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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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Cast

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

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

September 15, 2006
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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 | Rating: 1/4

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 | Rating: 1/5

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

September 15, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

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

September 16, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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