The Thing About My Folks

The Thing About My Folks stars Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, and Olympia Dukakis. This is a touching relationship movie that focuses on the father son relationship between Falk and Reiser. Falk is a retired carpet salesman, and Reiser plays a NYC writer. Of note, Reiser wrote the script as well.

The two end up on a road trip, and end up catching up on father and son activites: fishing, taking in a ball game, and going to the bar.

For some reason, the movie insists on using older technology like a cordless phone the size of a brick, and a pay phone instead of a cell phone. These make the film feel dated, and older, although the rest of the film is taking place in present day.

What really shines, and almost saves the film, is the constant father-son banter between Falk and Reiser. They avoid the cliches, and slowly move towards the heart of their relationship, which is complicated by the mother, played by Olympia Dukakis.

What results is a drama clearly targeted to the AARP card carrying demographic. If you thing the drive is more important than the destination, then you will enjoy this trip.

Overall Grade: B-

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