The Thing About My Folks You can't fake love, the primary ingredient in The Thing About My Folks , a Paul Reiser-penned attempt at intergenerational rapprochement. Unfortunately, you also can't… The Thing About My Folks You can't fake love, the primary ingredient in The Thing About My Folks , a Paul Reiser-penned attempt at intergenerational rapprochement. Unfortunately, you also can't… 2005-09-16 PG-13 PT96M Comedy Peter Falk Paul Reiser Olympia Dukakis Elizabeth Perkins Picturehouse
Movie Review

The Thing About My Folks (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, ... | SOMETHING SMELLS Not much to be mad about in a schmaltzy ode to male bonding
SOMETHING SMELLS Not much to be mad about in a schmaltzy ode to male bonding
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 16, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Peter Falk and Paul Reiser; Distributor: Picturehouse

You can't fake love, the primary ingredient in The Thing About My Folks, a Paul Reiser-penned attempt at intergenerational rapprochement. Unfortunately, you also can't hide gooey self-justification, no matter how hard you try. Thing is Woody Allen on a third-grade reading level. Neurosis abounds, but awareness doesn't, and certain ''jokes'' demand additional therapy: Any movie that casually equates ''a freshly bathed baby'' with ''my father's balls'' cries out for another round on the couch. My Father's Balls would have made a more appropriate title, actually: This is a father-and-son (Peter Falk and Reiser) road picture, the kind that builds to a big, inevitable ''I'm sorry.'' Seems Mom (Olympia Dukakis) has mysteriously left Dad after more than 40 fairly ordinary years together, and sonny boy is inclined to pin the blame on pops. But the story, much like the marriage, isn't about Mom: It's about men not so much tackling responsibility as passing it off laterally, and finally pulling an end run into the schmaltz zone.

Originally posted Sep 14, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints
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