Mother (1996)


(out of 5)

is incredibly funny in Albert Brooks’ best film since Lost In America.  Brooks plays a blocked writer who decides to move back in with his breezy mother in order to find out where things went wrong and he lost touch with himself. Unlike the overbearing matriarch we’d expect from the character, Reynolds’ character is a charming, free-living lass who can’t wait to get this overgrown child out of her house so she can enjoy her life again. The conflict between these characters is acerbic, witty and eventually (in a shocking twist for a Brooks film) touching in the most perfectly pitched way. The screenplay by Brooks and Monica Johnson is a gem, as is a small supporting performance by .


USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by Albert Brooks,

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1996

Cast Tags:   , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Debbie Reynolds)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Albert Brooks, Monica McGowan Johnson)



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