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Mother (1996)
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After his second divorce john henderson realizes that his unsuccessful relationships with women date back to the first woman in his life his mother in a hilarious attempt to figure out why john moves back home. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/23/2006 Starring: Albert Brooks Peter White Run time: 104 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Albert Brooks

When Albert Brooks cast Debbie Reynolds to play his mother in this acclaimed 1996 comedy, the veteran singer-dancer-actress hadn't had a leading film role in nearly 30 years. Brooks had to pour on the charm to persuade her to make a comeback. The results were triumphant for writer-director Brooks and his on-screen mom, who earned some of the best reviews of their respective careers. The movie's about a science-fiction writer named John (Brooks), who's just weathered a second divorce and blames his failure with women on his dysfunctional relationship with his widowed mother (Reynolds). He decides that the best way to improve his romantic future is to move back in with his mother and resolve their simmering differences--a wild leap of logic that seems outrageous to John's brother (Rob Morrow), who has always been their mother's favorite son. As this domestic experiment unfolds, Brooks uses hilarious dialogue to convey a wealth of observant detail about familial tensions and annoying quirks of behavior. Mother is a movie about people who know how to push each other's buttons--all the wrong buttons--and the comedy will be recognized by anyone who's ever been exasperated by one or both of their parents. That means just about everyone, doesn't it? --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • Debbie Reynolds IS the universal Mom!
    Debbie Reynolds should have won the 1996 Academy Award for "Best Actress" for this film. I saw it when it opened in theaters with my own mother, and as the situations unfolded, watching Miss Reynolds' performance, I couldn't help thinking, "My God, they're twins!"...more info
  • oh, yes! they got this one right.
    if, by chance, you have ever lived with your mother during a middle age divorce, this is a movie you two can watch together and chuckle at. it is not a good date movie, however. just remember: albert brooks is the brother of the guy on letterman who shoots himself out of cannons and stuff....more info
  • This movie is hysterical no matter how old you are!!
    You do NOT have to be over 40 to enjoy this movie, I know NO ONE who doesn't fall down laughing over the 'protective ice'!!
    This movie rocks!!...more info
  • The funniest movie I ever saw!
    This has got to be the funniest movie I ever saw! Albert Brooks is pure genious. Whenever I am feeling down, I watch this hilarious movie and I am immediately refreshed. It's a definite must see for anyone who has ever had a mother!...more info
  • My favorite movie
    I love this movie. It is Debbie Reynols at her best. She still has it. Her humor is great....more info
  • Mother and Child Reunion
    You would think any movie entitled MOTHER would either have to be the ultimate schmaltzfest or the penultimate psychodrama. Surprise! Albert Brooks film is neither. In fact, Brooks' specialty seems to be taking potentially weighty themes and making smart, but still lighter-than-air films on them. What DEFENDING YOUR LIFE did for the afterlife, MOTHER does for family relations. And that's a good thing.

    Brooks has a deft, understated comic flair. You chuckle more often than you laugh out loud. Contrary to what others have posted below, Debbie Reynolds "Mother" character is not a black and white character at all. She's as conflicted and complicated--and as it turns out, just as smart--as her neurotic son(s). That's the beauty part. Brooks allows all his characters their humanity. He doesn't oversimplify things (frustrated son vs. castrating mother). Mother had her own issues--dating back to her own childhood and adolescence. Brooks' writer character John finally makes that realization and, in a very real sense, it proves liberating for him. But that almost makes MOTHER sound like more of a "message movie" than it ever was intended to be. In the end, MOTHER makes a gentle plea for self-realization for all. But that message just kind of sneaks up on you. What makes Albert Brooks kind of refreshing is that he doesn't have to lay it on with a trowel....more info

  • You Might Like It If You're Over The Age Of 40
    Every movie has a target age demographic and audience, and I think I might have been too young to fully appreciate this kind of movie. There's nothing in here that I was too young to see or comprehend, but perhaps I was too young to relate and identify, and so I didn't find this movie as entertaining as I would have liked.

    This movie is about a middle-aged writer named John (Albert Brooks) who has just finalized his second divorce and decides his problems with women might be rooted in his childhood relationship with his mother (Debbie Reynolds). He travels from his house in Los Angeles to his childhood home in Sausalito and moves back in with her in order to reconstruct the past and see exactly where things went wrong in their relationship. There's a rather amusing running joke about how they're comically mismatched, especially when it comes to their choices in food. This living situation goes on for a few weeks until John discovers an old hat box in the closet containing some old short stories that his mother had written before he was born. John realizes that his mother used to be a very gifted writer, and he wonders if his sullen relationship with her has anything to do with the fact that she had to stop writing in order to raise a family.

    The movie is a comedy, and while there are some light chuckles here and there, there aren't enough. The story seems to linger on until the last five minutes, where everything is hastily resolved. Albert Brooks has always been a solid B-level actor, and that's exactly what he is in this anemic performance. There's probably a reason why this is Debbie Reynolds' first leading role in almost 30 years, and it might have to do with the fact that she's not much of an actress, herself. I never got the feeling that she was really acting, but instead, just delivering the lines written in the movie's script. Rob Morrow gives a solid performance as Jeff, John's younger and more successful sibling who relies heavily on his mother's praise and approval.

    You might like this movie if you're over the age of 40, but if you're any younger than that, find something else to watch....more info

  • A wonderfully funny movie
    I have lost count of the times I have seen and laughed with this movie. I own it on VHS and I am planning to buy it again on DVD. Who does not feel identified in some way with this mother. All mothers are more or less like this one. They love you but they cannot help stuffing you with lots of food you don t wanna eat, embarassing you with situations you would not like to go through, but deep inside they love you and want the best for you. This movie is one of the best I have seen in a long time. Go for it....more info
  • Oh Brother, is Mother funny
    Whoever said your past doesn't affect your present or your future hasn't seen 'Mother,' nor dealt with reality. What makes 'Mother' so funny is that it is identifiable; all of us, in one way or another, has had a 'Mother' moment, either with our own Mother or as a Mother. Granted, I've never purchased cheese by the gross or frozen lettuce, but I have short stories in my closet, that if my children read them, I'd react as Debbie Reynold's character did.
    How Albert Brooks character dealt with the favored younger brother and his Mother in the movie was hilarious; the discussion with them in the front yard while the neighbor listens over the fence was so funny, I laughed out loud. Great flick, definitely a keeper!...more info
  • Great movie
    I am an Albert Brooks fan, and I think this is one of his best... A VERY funny movie!...more info
  • A wonderful comedy that mothers & their children will enjoy!
    Albert Brooks has the kind of comedic style that sneaks up on you. He is the straight man delivering zingers at every comment. Debbie Reynolds is unforgettable as the Mother we all have and hope we will not become. There is even great acting from the supporting actors in this film. It will let you know what an "orange foot" really tastes like! :)...more info
  • Cuts close to home
    The first time I met Debbie Reynolds I was with my mom....this movie had just come out. As Debbie graciously posed for a couple of photos she asked my mom if she had seen the film...my mom said "no, I haven't". Debbie asked me why I hadn't taken my mom to see it...I told her that it cut too close to home. It would for me to be comfortable sitting laughing at what is essentially a version of my own mom on screen.

    The way Debbie delivers lines like " I am not going to spend ten dollars on B...s..t jam! Just slays me.

    Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds on the phone....She says "I love you son"...he says "I know you think you do".

    very very clever stuff....more info
  • You must experience BROOKS'ism at its best
    I have been a Albert Brooks fan from the first time I saw Modern Romance and he just seems to get better and better. What he has made here doesn't seem like your average comedy film. He has that rare talent for making you laugh out loud but I found that instead of laughing at the film all the time, I was laughing at myself. I could really relate to this film like I think most people will beable to do.A SMALL GEM ON A BIG SCALE....more info
  • Funny Film!
    I tend to like Albert Brooks and understand his unique world view. This is a very good role for him. Debbie Reynolds is great too!

    I would highly recommend this one. It's full of a lot of belly laughs, deep belly laughs!!...more info
  • Versatile Debbie
    Debbie Reynolds has become a "legend in her own time" mainly through her work in some magical musicals but her performance in "Mother" shows another side to this talented lady.She is totally believable as Bernice and I am still stunned that her performace didn't earn her at least an Oscar nomination.This movie works on so many levels - and is an asset for any collector of both Debbie's work and one of the classiest comedies that I have seen in many years....more info
  • On a very short list of my favorite movies!
    Debbie Reynolds sparkles! Albert Brooks is, as always, hysterical. I could swear that they were spying on my mother and myself when writing the screenplay! Wonderful!...more info
  • You DON'T have to be over 40 to enjoy this movie
    I think the realistic, yet funny, mother/child relationship has a lot to do with why this is such a pleasant movie to watch. Someone commented that this movie will probably not be enjoyable to those under 40 years of age, but I would have to disagree with that. I'm 19 now and was even younger when I first saw this movie, yet I still think it's one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen.
    Everyone has different taste when it comes to movies, but I think everyone should watch this movie at least once. It will bring back memories, and I'm sure you will enjoy it regardless of your age....more info
  • If only every neurosis were so simply cured
    Albert Brooks plays John, a 40-something science fiction writer who decides he will never be able to have a successful relationship with a woman until he figures out his relationship with the first woman in his life. So he moves into his mother's (Debbie Reynolds) house and reconstructs his old bedroom. They spend their time gently bickering over grocery shopping and the strange characters that appear in John's books, embarrassing each other in front of strangers, and exacerbating the rivalry between John and his brother. Eventually, he manages to get the beginning of a realization that Mother is also a person with a life of her own....more info
  • Really funny!
    I watched this movie long time ago, I deciden to buy it, `cos if you really wanna have a good time this movie is perfect.

    Represents that little things that everybody had been ever lived with ours own moms.

    It is region 1 so that does not has subtitles in spanish, but you can select english subtitles and you can enjoy it.

    I love the scene when she wanna keep everything in the frezzer! My mom does the same thing...lol...more info