Synopsis: A busy, "always-on-the-run" executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him than ever before. In the process, he teaches his father to be more independent which causes problems with the man's wife. Estranged from his own son, the executive comes to realize what has been missing in his own life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Gary David Goldberg
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

What do you mean?

She said it was the sausages

I made for dinner.

She claims I was

trying to kill her.

Are you?

No jury would convict me, John.

Believe me.

I believe you.

I must really be

sick if you're here.

See, Mom,

that's why you're the best.

Not many people

would have gone for guilt

in your situation.

How you feeling?

Are you in any pain?

I'm staying alive

by willpower.

She'll tell you.

I've the willpower of

a woman half my age.

You underestimate yourself.

Did you see your father yet?

No, I came straight

from the airport.

When you see him,

don't say anything to him

about the heart attack.

Just tell him that something

went wrong with my insides.



Listen to me.

Just tell him it's something

with my insides.

He'll understand that

because I had

the hysterectomy.


There's food in the freezer.

It's all marked.

If you have to go out,

go to McDonald's or Wendy's.

Someplace simple.

Mom, I don't think you

should worry about Dad now.

I think you should be

worrying about yourself.

You had a heart attack.

I'm not so sure

I had a heart attack.

It felt more like

gas pains to me.

Mom, for gas pains

they give you Tums.

They don't hook you up

to $20 million

worth of machines.

Did you see the doctor

who was taking care of me?

Because I don't think

he was a real doctor.

He was wearing tight pants

with a big silver

belt buckle.

He can't be more

than 30 years old.

They'll let anyone

through medical school

these days.


God, it's good to see you.

You stopped and

saw Mom first, huh?


How did she look to you,

John, really?

Like Mom.

Like she was gonna

walk out of there

dragging IV bottles with her.

Well, it was only gas pains.

I'm sure she told you.


And the willpower?

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Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg (June 25, 1944 – June 22, 2013) was an American writer and producer for television and film. Goldberg was best known for his work on Family Ties (1982–89), Spin City (1996–2002), and his semi-autobiographical series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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