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  • Summary: This hilariously truthful look at family and marriage follows a father (Falk) and son (Reiser) who set out on an impromptu road trip. (Picturehouse)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Avoids easy shtick and saccharine conclusions, opting instead for character dynamics that the two leads deliver with consummate skill.
  2. So powerful and tender are the scenes between Falk and Dukakis that by movie's end, I was wishing that the film had been more about the marriage of Sam and Muriel and less about the father and son.
  3. 63
    The movie is sort of a sideways version of "Sideways," even down to a scene where the two men join two women for dinner. The difference is, in "Sideways" the guys desperately want to impress the women, and in The Thing About My Folks, they want to impress each other.
  4. 50
    Sweet but dramatically inert.
  5. It's the same old, same old - except with some really snappy one-liners.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    38
    Felitta and Reiser mean nothing but well with this project, but too many lines sound fraudulent, and Reiser, it must be said, is a hopeless ham in the reaction shot department.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 6