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In this painfully true-to-life comedy, Beatrice's angst-ridden son John suddenly decides to return home, putting crimp in her blissful solitude. Suffering from writer's block and a recent divorce, aspiring author John goes home to his mother in hopes of understanding his difficulties with other women.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It wasn't the automatic laughter produced by slam-dunk punch lines, but the laughter of recognition, of insight, even sometimes of squirmy discomfort, as the truths hit close to home."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The best foreign language film of 2010."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The clash of personalities that ensues produces some truly hilarious moments."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Another low-key classic from Brooks"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Cuts to the quick with its illuminating insights into why parents and their adult children sometimes have trouble accepting each other as real people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"the film wears its aesthetic sophistication lightly ( ... ) Bong takes the idea of the primacy of perception over reality to its ultimate extreme"
‑ Megan Ratner, Film Comment Magazine
"For people who believe that a grown-up son can never go home again, Brook's serio comedy, one of the few Hollywood pictures dealing with mother-son relationship in a poignant way, came as a surprise; Debbie Reynolds in a comeback turn is great."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Good, not great Brooks, but Reynolds is a riot"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Abrasive but funny."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A sign that smart comedy is not lost in America."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"For the most part its droll humor rubbed me the right way despite its pat facile conclusion and all the product placements."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Off-putting and uncomfortable ... but still pretty funny."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Brooks has always been a second-rate Woody Allen to me. This is a second-rate Brooks' film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Not one of Brooks' best, but still enjoyable and watchable."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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