Hanging Up


Hanging Up

Critics Consensus

Though the screenplay and the novel it's based on were both written by the same person, critics say Hanging Up is an unsuccessful adaptation. The acting is praised as solid, but is ultimately unable to save the film.



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Diane Keaton directed and starred in this comedy/drama about a family brought together by potential tragedy. In her mid-40s, Eve (Meg Ryan) minds her house, runs a business organizing parties and events for others, and looks after her father (Walter Matthau), an alcoholic former writer who has grown argumentative and increasingly difficult to handle. Eve's sisters -- Georgia (Keaton), who is a few years older and the editor of a successful fashion magazine, and Maddy (Lisa Kudrow), a few years younger and a working actress with a spot on a soap opera -- have also had to deal with Dad, but only by long distance when he makes one of his frequent telephone calls. Dad now doesn't have long to live, and the siblings must pull together and make peace with their father and each other. Sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron adapted the screenplay from Delia's novel; the supporting cast includes Adam Arkin, Cloris Leachman, and Mary Steenburgen.

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Diane Keaton
as Georgia
Duke Moosekian
as Omar Kunundar
Ann Bortolotti
as Ogmed Kunundar
Myndy Crist
as Dr. Kelly
Libby Hudson
as Georgia's Assistant
Bob Kirsh
as Nixon Library Representative
Venessia Valentino
as Nurse At Mesh Window
R.A. Buck
as Gay Man
Paige Wolfe
as Six Year Old Eve
Charles Matthau
as Young Lou
Ethan Dampf
as Four Year Old Jesse
Mary Beth Pape
as Mother At Party
Carol Mansell
as Woman Who Recognizes Maddy
Katie Stratton
as Twelve Year Old Georgia
Talia-Lynn Prairie
as Four Year Old Maddy
Kristina Dorn
as Young Pat
Lucky Vanous
as Montana Dude
Bill Robinson
as Doctor On Soap
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Critic Reviews for Hanging Up

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Audience Reviews for Hanging Up

  • Nov 05, 2011
    Hanging Up is a film about three sisters, very, very different from one another, who are unfortunately pulled together by their father, an alcoholic Alzheimer's patient who's wife left him and the family and has never recovered. It's taut, depressing, and harried throughout, mostly lending to the fact that this is clearly all about Meg Ryan. The other two sisters are background noise in this movie, every problem, every little thing that needs encapsulating being about Ryan. Keaton directed and co-starred in this as the older sister who never gives credit where it's due, and typically can't be reached. This character is so bothersome to me and unneeded throughout, that her presence in any scene feels contemptuous. Kudrow is the other mess of a sister, who is eccentric and naive, and also need not be in this film. If it had focused solely on the relationship between Ryan's character and her father (portrayed by the still lucid and very talented Walter Matthau) it would have been more poignant and made a bit more sense. What really irked me was that her mother doesn't want anything to do with her, so leaves this family to ruin, and barely anything is really explained about their relationship. If that had been better cultivated, it would have been very moving and harrowing. Instead we're stuck with this maudlin, overworked plot that just keeps going into flashbacks that are supposed to reveal these big events in time, but are actually just flavorless frosting on an already bothersome cake. Neither is it funny, nor dramatic, nor a good movie for Ryan, who also made the unfortunate films Kate and Leopold and Addicted to Love in that decade. It's just not worth it in any way, shape, or form.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    Three grown up sisters face the impending demise of their father in this Keaton directed, Ephron scripted chick flick about facing mortality. It means well but often is strained and labored.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2009
    I didn't care much for this movie. It was okay... I mean, there were funny parts and emotional parts, and I like Meg Ryan, but I really don't care for Diane Keaton, and I don't think I've ever seen a movie that I liked with her in it.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2008
    i liked it it was funny and sweet and showed how three completely different sisters fnally find themselves its really good and worth a watch!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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