The Thing About My Folks

2005

The Thing About My Folks

Critics Consensus

The Thing About My Folks lacks cohesiveness, and the cloying tone makes the talkiness grating.

45%

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Reviews Counted: 65

51%
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User Ratings: 17,512

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51%
Average Rating: 2.8/5

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A middle-aged man finds himself dealing with the divorce of his elderly parents as well as many years of emotional baggage in this poignant comedy drama. Ben (Paul Reiser) is a writer who is enjoying a quiet evening at home with his wife, Rachel (Elizabeth Perkins), when they receive an unexpected visitor, Ben's father, Sam (Peter Falk). As it happens, Sam has some surprising news -- his wife, Muriel (Olympia Dukakis), has left him, leaving behind a note saying she wants some time alone. While Ben gets in touch with his sisters, who immediately set out to track down Muriel, he is left to deal with Sam while he tries to figure out what has gone wrong. Eager to spend some time with his dad to talk things out, Ben invites Sam along for a trip upstate to look at some property he's interested in buying, and as the two men hit the road, they get a chance to get to know one another in a way Sam, a busy salesman, was unable to do when Ben was a boy. The Thing About My Folks was a pet project for Paul Reiser, who wrote the screenplay as well as playing the lead; he'd had the script in the works for 20 years, and always intended for Peter Falk to play the role of Sam.

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Cast

Peter Falk
as Sam Kleinman
Paul Reiser
as Ben Kleinman
Olympia Dukakis
as Muriel Kleinman
Elizabeth Perkins
as Rachel Kleinman
Mackenzie Connolly
as Lilly Kleinman
Lydia Jordan
as Mia Kleinman
Ann Dowd
as Linda
Bernie McInerney
as Mr. Harrison
Catherine Taormina
as Young Muriel Kleinman
Rachel Robinson
as Young Muriel
Rich Duva
as Young Sam Kleinman
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Tow Truck Driver
Dennis Sheehan
as Tackle Shop Owner
Timothy Hsu
as Drugstore Cashier
Michael Duvert
as Ramone Asquincella
Alison Fraser
as Cutie's Mom
Adam Mucci
as Pool Hall Bully
Craig Pattison
as Bully's Friend
Kevin Cahoon
as Perky Waiter
Lauren Bittner
as Baseball Cutie
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Critic Reviews for The Thing About My Folks

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Audience Reviews for The Thing About My Folks

½

What an amazing and magnificent movie. It`s hilarious, deeply moving and utterly satisfying. A masterpiece of comedy and drama well rounded into a real joy of a film. Some of the best and most realistic character work i have ever seen ina film. It delivers unstoppable laughs from start to finish. Peter Falk and Paul Reiser give outstanding and beautiful performances. Falk is brilliant, he gives one of the bet screen performances of 2005. Weiser is excellent, he writes as well as performs superbly in this film. A stunning and well-crafted picture.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

I loved the movie!! Very entertaining.

Yinalí Ríos
Yinalí Ríos

Super Reviewer

Fantastic job by the two leads... Everyone can relate to what these people go through.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Wow, what a great surprise. Peter Falk is another much under-appreciated actor. And thank you Olympia Dukakis for reaffirming my faith in your ability. How ironic to see this just after seeing her in that horrific Picture Perfect -- another indication of how bad the direction was in that movie.

This one is well worth the time, flixsters, for family, for love, for the time-honored tradition of growing old. Peter Falk is a genius.

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