Terms Of Endearment

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Like Kramer Vs. Kramer, this moving drama is a straightforward, honestly emotional account of the ups and downs of family relationships.   shines as a commanding Texas matriarch whose desire to control her daughter’s happiness is so strong she even skips the young woman’s wedding just to prove her point.   matches MacLaine blow for blow as an equally headstrong woman who needs no one to tell her what to do. As she heads into the dark waters of marriage and motherhood with her college professor husband (), her mother learns to relax when she discovers romance with her new neighbour, a womanizing astronaut () who just loves to be a cad. When seen now, the plotting and pace resemble television soap opera more than cinema, but there’s no denying just how deeply the characters are felt and how much their good times and bad become so meaningful to the audience. Brooks’s excellent dialogue is the principle asset, with scene-stealing performances (irrepressible Jack!) providing the rest of the enjoyment.


Paramount Pictures

USA, 1983

Directed by

Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by James L. Brooks

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1983

Golden Globe Awards 1983

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