The Thing About My Folks

Rated PG-13 96 minutes 2005

My folks love this kind of schmaltz, preferably on rye and no doubt with a spritz of cream soda; oy, if this movie were any more Jewish, it'd have to get bar mitzvahed in 2018. Alas, their affection for the story line -- a father (Peter Falk, doing Peter Falk) and son (Paul Reiser, also the writer) bond during an upstate New York trek, after the matriarch of this meshugenah clan (Olympia Dukakis, not Jewish) contemplates a divorce some 50 years into her marriage to Falk -- has nothing to do with religion. Any goy, too, can fall for this tripe, especially if they've a fondness for mawkish cliche, sitcom pacing, popcorn psychology, and lousy cinematography; this is the same demo that fell for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, after all. Not that Folks is without merit: It hits you over the head but won't leave a mark. But, see, the thing about my folks is they love the movies I hate. Prediction: This thing makes a fortune.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.myfolksmovie.com

Director: Raymond De Felitta

Writer: Paul Reiser

Producer: Scott Strauss, Robert Newmyer, Paul Reiser and Jeffrey Silver

Cast: Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Perkins, Mackenzie Connolly, Ann Dowd, Claire Beckman, Mimi Lieber, Bernie McInerney and Catherine Taormina

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