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161 Ratings


Directed by Albert Brooks
United States, 1996


After two failed marriages, a science fiction writer decides coming to terms with his mom will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with his mom.

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Mother Directed by Albert Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1997 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1996 | Winner: Best Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1997 | Winner: Best Screenplay

Critics reviews

The sublime artifice—the writer’s plan to move into his mother’s house and live with her as he did when he was in high school—catches a big idea by means of a great performance. The mother is played by Debbie Reynolds, and it’s no spoiler to say that the film moves from a self-centered adolescent’s stereotypical view of his mother to an adult view of his mother as a fully developed—and pretty fascinating—person.
May 15, 2017
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…Like Stanley Kubrick’s films, Brooks’s invariably improve with age, even if it’s only a matter of weeks between viewings. The ending still seems like a blemish, as does the ending of Defending Your Life… But this doesn’t matter much as long as you can buy into the Hollywood conventions; and once you do, the issues become formal rather than ideological.
January 23, 1997
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