Fred Won't Move Out
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Fred Won't Move Out
With levity and sadness, two grown children and their aging parents struggle with the decision whether the older generation should stay in the house where they have lived for fifty years. Shot in the house where the director's parents lived for close to fifty years shortly after they moved out, the film's semi-autobiographical story is memorably acted by a small ensemble cast led by Elliott Gould. Shot in sequence in three weeks with a heady mix of improvisational work by both author Richard Ledes and his cast, the film's personal approach to its subject captures a universal story… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It has a great many shots of trees, leaves and insects and some story gaps."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Except for a subplot about a missing cat that suggests that Fred may be considerably dottier than he appears, the movie gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There is recognizable pain throughout Ledes' film. Yet it never pushes through to anything beyond a surface portrait."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Mostly, it captures how old age decimates even the people who don't suffer from it."
‑ Peter Gerstenzang, Village Voice
"This carefully observed slice of life is dragged down by the dreary and distracting hand-held camerawork."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"This thoughtful but exceedingly modest miniature will be best nursed within the festival circuit."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
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