&NFb;&NFb_;When ex-spouses Bette Midler and Dennis Farina reunite at their daughter’s wedding (14 years after their nasty divorce), they threaten to ruin the event — by falling in love again! Veteran comedy actor, writer and director Carl Reiner (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”), working from a script by the screenwriter of Mrs. Doubtfire and 2003’s Freaky Friday, keeps the laughs coming but never at the expense of genuine, mature romance.
An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner’s illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous. Reiner took up dramatic acting as a teen, but a detour performing during World War II pulled a deft, untapped sense of comedic timing out of him. Segueing from postwar Broadway stages into television comedies, Reiner’s famous beginnings with Sid Caesar led to a successful run as creator and co-star of the legendary TV classic, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (CBS, 1961-66), and instilled in him a love for collaboration. Through the subsequent decades, Reiner’s career highs were born of several creative partnerships with friends old and new – from Dick Van Dyke to Mel Brooks to a stint inside the madcap mind of Steve Martin and later, to a pack of thieves in the Vegas-bound “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy.
Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx, NY, where he was raised along with his older… read more