Mother

Mother

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Director: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow

Cast: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow

     
 

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Albert Brooks' comedy Mother comes to DVD from Paramount with a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English or Dolby Surround in French with optional English subtitles. The only extra feature is the theatrical trailer. This disc is a standard release that should be adequate for fans of the film.

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Albert Brooks' comedy Mother comes to DVD from Paramount with a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Audio is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English or Dolby Surround in French with optional English subtitles. The only extra feature is the theatrical trailer. This disc is a standard release that should be adequate for fans of the film.

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Albert Brooks' Mother would be a winning achievement if only for providing Debbie Reynolds her best showcase in years, which many critics thought should have earned her an Oscar nomination. But it also makes a natural next chapter in Brooks' career-long, painfully honest examination of how neuroses stunt his recurring character type, which is as thinly autobiographical and sardonically humorous as the characters Woody Allen writes for himself. What more Freudian way to get at issues of self-loathing, romantic dysfunction, and writer's block than to have his character move back in with Mom? Brooks' deadpan frustration works wonderfully alongside the deceptive congeniality of Reynolds, a passive-aggressive woman who's frugal with both her money (she's been preserving a frozen block of cheese for years) and her positive reinforcement. Reynolds strikes a quirky balance between ingrained mothering that has become rote by repetition, and the seeming indifference bordering on resentment she has developed for her son. The film is basically a series of embarrassing episodes that flesh out their hilariously complex relationship -- she gently berates him with backhanded compliments, he openly challenges her long-standing idiosyncrasies. The character study provides the film steady propulsion toward a resolution that helps them see each other as real people, rather than family members long ago taken for granted. And when this involves Brooks grappling with his mother's ongoing sex life, well, that's just the writer/director at his stomach-churning best.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
UPC:
0097363324744
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
4,516

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks John Henderson
Debbie Reynolds Beatrice
Rob Morrow Jeff
Lisa Kudrow Linda
John C. McGinley John's Buddy
Isabel Glasser Cheryl
Peter White Charles
Billye Ree Wallace old woman in grocery store
Rosalind Allen Woman at Gas Station

Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Monica Johnson Screenwriter
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Herb Nanas Producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Scott Rudin Producer
Judy L. Rustin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer,Songwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Divorce Proceedings [4:56]
2. Designated Driver [2:53]
3. Too Green [2:18]
4. Call Waiting [3:06]
5. Favorite Authors [4:10]
6. Jeff [5:36]
7. "Mrs. Henderson" [2:18]
8. Picture Phone [1:07]
9. The Experiment [1:43]
10. The Food Museum [5:06]
11. "In My Room" [5:58]
12. The Market [8:45]
13. Food Questions [5:03]
14. Good Luck and Bad Luck [8:27]
15. A Man Around the House [1:44]
16. An Approval Problem [4:32]
17. Mama's Boy [3:22]
18. San Francisco Zoo [1:55]
19. Missing Mommy [4:53]
20. Charles [5:02]
21. By Beatrice Barlett [5:11]
22. A Failure [6:45]
23. Two Writers [5:23]
24. End Credits [3:21]

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Mother 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best line from the whole film is when he mother says, "I love you..." and Brooks replies, "I know you think you do...". It is side splitting and has stuck with me for so long now, that whenever I hear some female in my own neurotic family say it, that is what goes through my head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun movie to see with the family (over 13), friends or for a fun date night. It'll make you laugh over and over. I saw this when it came out in 2001. It is still just as funny today. Debbie Reynolds & Albert Brooks are hilarious as mother / son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of movie that keeps coming back into your head for years later when you least expect it. There are poignant issues dealing with this guys' relationship with his mother that we all deal with on different levels with people in our lives. I really enjoyed the movie and now can't forget it-in a good way. I am buying it, not only to watch it again myself,but to also be able to loan it out to the people that I'm with, when during day to day life, events pop up that make me laugh as I remember this movie...