- Starring: Dax Shepard, Diane Keaton, Liv Tyler
- Summary: Marilyn Cooper is one of those moms—the kind who’ll call at 6:30 in the morning, or tell embarrassing stories about her son Noah to complete strangers, the kind that always has some bit of advice to impart. Because of this, Noah has always kept her at a distance. When she becomes convincedMarilyn Cooper is one of those moms—the kind who’ll call at 6:30 in the morning, or tell embarrassing stories about her son Noah to complete strangers, the kind that always has some bit of advice to impart. Because of this, Noah has always kept her at a distance. When she becomes convinced her husband is having an affair, she decides it’s time to “take a break”, and shows up on Noah’s doorstep, crying, with her bags and five foster dogs in tow. Already having lost his job, hosting an unwelcome house guest on his couch, and facing pressure from his wife Clare to start a family despite his fears of inadequacy, Noah now finds the mother he’s always kept at a distance living just down the hallway. Soon, Noah starts to realize that if he wants to stand up to the problems in his life, he’ll first have to stand up to his mother. As heartwarming as it is hilarious, Smother is a family film in the truest sense of the term—your family. (Variance Films)… Expand
Diane Keaton can still sink her actorly teeth into a wacked-out character, and Vince Di Meglio's screwball comedy provides her with one of her best purely comedic roles since "Annie Hall."
With its mixture of high-profile talent and low-watt comic inspiration, Smother feels like the sort of misbegotten curiosity Comedy Central uses to fill its Sunday afternoon programming.
It's very sad to watch Keaton here. In the most excruciating scene, she gets drunk in a bar, staggers up to a microphone and starts to sing, or rather squawk. For those of us who still revere Annie Hall and her blissfully unaffected rendition of "Seems Like Old Times," this is sacrilege.