Bloated Hollywood egos and 1980s excess are personified in director Charles Shyer’s industry-mocking yet heartfelt comedy starring Drew Barrymore as 10-year-old Casey Brodsky, who pursues a divorce from her famous, self-absorbed screenwriter parents. Ryan O’Neal and Shelley Long play Barrymore’s oblivious, career-conscious mom and dad, whose escalating feud leaves their neglected daughter caught between them.
Charles Richard Shyer (born October 11, 1941) is an American film director, writer and producer. Shyer’s films are predominantly comedies, often with a romantic-comedy overtone. His films include Private Benjamin (1980); the critically acclaimed Irreconcilable Differences (1984); Baby Boom (1987); Father of the Bride (1991); and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), The Affair of the Necklace (L’Affaire du Collier) (2001) and Alfie (2004).
Shyer was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Lois (née Jones) Delaney and Melville Shyer, a Jewish production executive and film director. Shyer grew up in the film industry where his father worked with D.W. Griffith and was one of the founders of the Directors Guild of America. After attending UCLA, he was accepted into the DGA’s apprenticeship program, which led to work as an assistant director. However, Shyer’s focus was soon diverted to writing and he went to work as an assistant to Garry Marshall and Jerry… read more