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The Thing About My Folks Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A middle-aged man finds himself dealing with the divorce of his elderly parents as well as many years of emotional baggage in this poignant comedy drama. Ben (Paul Reiser) is a writer who is enjoying a quiet evening at home with his wife, Rachel (Elizabeth Perkins), when they receive an unexpected visitor, Ben's father, Sam (Peter Falk). As it happens, Sam has some surprising news -- his wife, Muriel (Olympia Dukakis), has left him, leaving behind a note saying she wants some time alone. While Ben gets in touch with his sisters, who immediately set out to track down Muriel, he is left to deal with Sam while he tries to figure out what has gone wrong. Eager to spend some time with his dad to talk things out, Ben invites Sam along for a trip upstate to look at some property he's interested in buying, and as the two men hit the road, they get a chance to get to know one another in a way Sam, a busy salesman, was unable to do when Ben was a boy. The Thing About My Folks was a pet project for Paul Reiser, who wrote the screenplay as well as playing the lead; he'd had the script in the works for 20 years, and always intended for Peter Falk to play the role of Sam. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 2005

Cast

Peter Falk
as Sam Kleinman
Paul Reiser
as Ben Kleinman
Elizabeth Perkins
as Rachel Kleinman
Olympia Dukakis
as Muriel Kleinman
Ann Dowd
as Linda
Claire Beckman
as Hillary
Mimi Lieber
as Bonnie
MacKenzie Connolly
as Lilly Kleinman
Lydia Jordan
as Mia Kleinman
Bernie McInerney
as Mr. Harrison
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Tow Truck Driver
Kevin Cahoon
as Perky Waiter
Alison Fraser
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Tow Truck Driver
Kevin Cahoon
as Perky Waiter
Ann Dowd
as Linda
MacKenzie Connolly
as Lilly Kleinman
Bernie McInerney
as Mr. Harrison
Claire Beckman
as Hillary
Lydia Jordan
as Mia Kleinman
Mimi Lieber
as Bonnie

Crew

Raymond de Felitta
Director
Paul Reiser
Producer
Jeffrey Silver
Producer
Bobby Newmyer
Producer
Paul Reiser
Screenwriter
Dan Gillham
Cinematographer
Steven Argila
Composer (Music Score)
David Leonard
Editor
Sheila Amos
Editor
Timothy Whidbee
Production Designer
Jamie H. Zelermyer
Co-producer
Steve Gaub
Associate Producer
Kathryn Nixon
Costume Designer
Georgianne Walken
Casting
Sheila Jaffe
Casting
Meg Morman
Casting
Iris Ng
Electrician
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