this is a typical, sweet brooks number. debbie reynolds kills it as "the mother"; she's doting, withholding, dismissive, adoring, disapproving et cetera. there's some really, really complex acting on her part. i thought it was great that brooks chose to fade the film out on a shot of her writing a story (after so many years). it brings our focus back to mother, who was the real protagonist all along.
Sharp and sweet with a bitter edge, this one really hits the nail on the head in exploring a fraught mother/son relationship. Debbie is perfect. Brooks really doesn't get the credit he deserves these days.