The Thing About My Folks (2005)



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

The Thing About My Folks Videos

The Thing About My Folks Photos

Movie Info

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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:


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
Claire Beckman
as Hillary
Mimi Lieber
as Bonnie
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
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for The Thing About My Folks

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

October 4, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Reiser, a famous face from the long-running TV series Mad About You, here proves himself to be a skilful writer and actor for the big screen.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Thing About My Folks


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

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Thing About My Folks on our Movie forum!

News & Features