Nothing in Common (1986)




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In this touching comedy-drama, a young advertising executive (Tom Hanks) is forced to reconsider his irresponsible lifestyle when his depressed father (Jackie Gleason in his final film appearance), who was recently abandoned by his wife, moves in with him.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Jackie Gleason
as Max Basner
Tom Hanks
as David Basner
Eva Marie Saint
as Lorraine Basner
Hector Elizondo
as Charlie Gargas
Barry Corbin
as Andrew Woolridge
Bess Armstrong
as Donna Mildred Martin
Sela Ward
as Cheryl Ann Wayne
Carol Messing
as David's secretary
Cindy Harrel
as Shelley the Stewardess
Bill Applebaum
as Ted Geller
Mona Lyden
as Mishi
Anthony Starke
as Cameron
Toni Hudson
as Receptionist
Ben Rawnsley
as Mitchell
Kathi Marshall
as Tour Guide
Scott Marshall
as Mailroom Boy
Lynda Goodfriend
as Louise Pelham
Ron Dean
as Ed Bedsole
Steve Assad
as Lloyd
Vincent Guastaferro
as Marvin Nadler
Andra Akers
as Blonde Saleswoman
Tracy Reiner
as Young Saleswoman
Harvey Keenan
as Nat Vogel
Lorna Thayer
as Auditioning Grandma
Meg Wyllie
as Grandma on Commercial Set
David Hall
as Boardroom Executive
Bo Sabato
as Boardroom Executive
Jack Larson
as Max's Doctor
Julie Paris
as Gina the Nurse
Steve Restivo
as Head Waiter
Lou Evans
as Man on Airplane
Conrad Janis
as Himself
Lucinda Crosby
as Fashion Show Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Nothing in Common

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

If you can watch that last scene, and Gleason's last line in particular, without fogging up a little bit... well, I don't wanna know you.

Full Review… | July 28, 2016

Dramatic family story starring serious Jackie Gleason; Tom Hanks is concerned son.

November 3, 2008

Look at the cast. Look at the director. Need I say more?

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Portrays a self-absorbed young man's growth into maturity as he draws closer to his elderly father.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
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December 15, 2005

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July 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Nothing in Common

It's a little depressing, and a little long, and even the chemistry between Hanks and Gleason is strained at times, in the end, it all works â" thanks to the range of Hanks, Gleason, Bess Armstrong, Sela Ward, and the premise itself.

Jim Howell
Jim Howell

Nothing in Common has nothing worth seeing even for avid Hanks fans. While fans of the actor will still seek this dull and pointless film out most will be thinking the same thing after the two hours they spend watching this sad piece of a young thespians could such great actors be involved in such a lifeless film.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

79% "She's a very modern woman. I raised her to be a corporate executive. I raised her to be a man."-Andrew Woolridge (Barry Corbin) There's a weird horse breeding sequence, played with a song 'Burning of the Heart', which turns on the leads, who go have some sexy time. Strange stuff. "The dog didn't die, he committed suicide."-Max Basner (Jackie Gleason)

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