Checking Out
Checking Out (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 10, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This Borscht Belt version of King Lear, recently given a limited theatrical release, will find its true home on video and cable.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Joe Leydon

Funny is funny, and there's no denying that much of Checking Out is agreeably entertaining in a Neil Simon Lite fashion.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A lame comedy full of wooden acting, schmaltz, clichés and racial stereotypes.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Andrew Mullen
Film Threat

A thoroughly entertaining, intelligent film with an ultimately positive outlook.

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