The Thing About My Folks
The Thing About My Folks (2005)

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,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Thing About My Folks lacks cohesiveness, and the cloying tone makes the talkiness grating.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

If you thought Mad About You was cloying and gaggingly cute, this could give you the dry heaves.

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Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today

Reiser has given us a film that makes us laugh while contemplating the ways we understand and misunderstand those we love.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

About as entertaining as the yearly family argument, without any of the holiday turkey to make it worthwhile.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Moderately appealing.

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

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.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

If you leave The Thing About My Folks thinking about your own folks, consider the movie a success.

Mark R. Leeper

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.

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Al S
What an amazing and magnificent movie. It`s hilarious, deeply moving and utterly satisfying. A masterpiece of comedy and drama well rounded into a real joy of a… More
Yinalí Ríos
I loved the movie!! Very entertaining.
Leigh Ryan
Fantastic job by the two leads... Everyone can relate to what these people go through.
Lanning : )
Wow, what a great surprise. Peter Falk is another much under-appreciated actor. And thank you Olympia Dukakis for reaffirming my faith in your ability. How… More