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When an everyday thirtysomething is fired from his job, his unemployment woes are soon compounded as the ticking of his wife's maternal clock reaches a deafening pitch, and his overbearing mother announces plans to move in with the struggling couple. Dax Shepard, Liv Tyler, and Diane Keaton star in a film directed by Vince Di Meglio, co-scripted by Di Meglio and Tim Rasmussen, and produced by Rasmussen, Bill Johnson, and Jay Roach.

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Diane Keaton
as Marilyn Cooper
Dax Shepard
as Noah Cooper
Liv Tyler
as Clare Cooper
Mike White
as Myron Stubbs
Ken Howard
as Gene Cooper
Selma Stern
as Helen Cooper
Jerry Lambert
as Donnie Booker
Don Lake
as Minister
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Critic Reviews for Smother

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (5)

  • Smother feels like the sort of misbegotten curiosity Comedy Central uses to fill its Sunday afternoon programming.

    Oct 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This film has its share of crass, unlikely jokes, but also allows its characters some psychological complexity.

    Jun 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • suffers from a distinct 'been there, done that' feeling to it

    Aug 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • doomed from conception

    Apr 21, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Not exactly unequivocal accolades for the mom in your life, nor is it Mommie Dearest packing closet hangers. But there's a decided appreciation for the woman who raised you, warts and all, and debriefing of an assortment of lingering childhood grudges.

    Apr 16, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps Diane Keaton was poisoned by merciless Asian gangsters with strict instructions to make two career-denting comedies that methodically peel away her integrity before she was allowed the sweet kiss of a life-saving antidote.

    Sep 25, 2008 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smother

  • Nov 29, 2010
    I don't understand all the bad reviews of this film. I was laughing out loud throughout. I thought that this movie had many, many chuckle moments, and I'm not all that easy to please when it comes to comedies. Dax Shepard just cracked me up. Diane Keaton was alot on the kooky side, but I still enjoyed her. I'm so glad that I watched it in spite of what I'd read about it.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2010
    CAST: Dax Shepard, Liv Tyler, Diane Keaton, Mike White, Ken Howard, Selma Stern, Jerry Lambert, Don Lake DIRECTED BY: Vince Di Meglio SUMMARY: After losing his job, therapist Noah Cooper (Dax Shepard) returns home to discover that his loud, pushy mother (Diane Keaton) has left her husband and plans to live indefinitely with Noah and his lovely wife (Liv Tyler) -- who desperately wants him to sire a child. Now, the put-upon therapist has to cope with his outrageously overbearing mom and fend off his wife ? all while trying to find gainful employment. MY THOUGHTS: "Not very funny, but interesting enough to watch. I felt like I have seen Diane Keaton play this role before and then remember that she kinda has, like in, 'Because I said So' and 'Mama's Boy'. So it wasn't that big of a stretch for her to play an overbearing mother who is quite annoying. I thought the karaoke scene was funny, but not much in this film was. It had its moments, very few, but still they were there."
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Funny stuff, for sure.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    Not bad but not great either
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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