Checking Out
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A feisty octogenarian on the verge of his ninetieth birthday invites his three grown children to his upcoming birthday celebration with the explicit understanding that when the festivities end, so does his life, in a dark but light-hearted family comedy directed by Jeff Hare and starring Peter Falk. Morris (Falk) has lived a full life, but now the time has come to end his impressive run. When Morris goes to mortal extremes to reunite his three estranged children, his morbid declaration helps his offspring to realize that, even in old age, the importance of one individual should never be… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"This Borscht Belt version of King Lear, recently given a limited theatrical release, will find its true home on video and cable."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Only Laura San Giacomo, as Morris's lonely daughter, Flo, transcends the staginess of the premise and the creakiness of Richard Marcus's screenplay to deliver a performance that feels remotely natural."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Actor-turned-writer Allen Swift's play comes to the screen with staginess intact, and despite attractive cinematography and some nice New York City location footage, the material's provenance is never far from the surface."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"If this is a good example of the sort of long-forgotten plays that movie producers are unearthing, maybe theater critics need to start digging those graves a little deeper."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A thoroughly entertaining, intelligent film with an ultimately positive outlook."
‑ Andrew Mullen, Film Threat
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