The Thing About My Folks
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The Thing About My Folks
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"If you thought Mad About You was cloying and gaggingly cute, this could give you the dry heaves."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film is a little saccharine and never as moving as Reiser expected. I know Reiser loves his father, but I didn't need to pay to be told it."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"The truth about this sweet, rather shambling little movie is somewhere between the gush and the criticism."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A lot of the humor is forced and unfunny."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Reiser has given us a film that makes us laugh while contemplating the ways we understand and misunderstand those we love."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"The Thing About My Folks contains more sap than a Vermont maple."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It's a slow enjoyable ride where you aren't asking "are we there yet?" all the way through it."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"If Reiser's smart, he'll hire Falk for a new Columbo episode, 'The Case of the Roadkill Movie.'"
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Moderately appealing."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"...provides [Falk] with an opportunity for his best work in a a Hollywood film since the hilarious and underrated Big Trouble (1986)."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Before I saw this film, only one movie, Field of Dreams, had ever made me cry. Now there are two."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"[Falk turns] a stereotyped curmudgeon into a warm and winning character and the only reason to watch."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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