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Glossary: M
Released Year: 1985
Runtime: 104 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directors: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Casts: Rob Morrow, Albert Brooks, Lisa Kudrow, John C. McGinley, Debbie Reynolds, Vanessa Williams, Isabel Glasser, James Gleason
IMDB: Mother (1996) - IMDB

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Austin Chronicle - Marjorie Baumgarten
Mother finds Brooks in top form as he dons the tri-fold hat of director, star, and writer (with co-writer Monica Johnson). His humor has more of an observational zing than a jokey, one-two patter. Within this structure, Brooks uncovers many of the fidgety truths about the relationships between parents and their grown children. The film comeback of Debbie Reynolds is also a most welcome offshoot of this movie.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Brooks, who co-wrote (with Monica Johnson) and directed as well as stars, is much too smart to settle for the obvious gags and payoffs. All of his films depend on closely observed behavior and language, on the ways language can refuse to let us communicate, no matter how obsessively we try to nail things down. In his scenes with Reynolds, they are told quietly, conversationally; they're not pounding out punch lines, and that's why the dialogue is so funny.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
The best reason to see Mother is the deliciously off-kilter performance of Debbie Reynolds, who speaks in pure honey-sweet tones yet keeps planting tiny seeds of disapproval, using her maternal ”concern” as an invisible form of warfare. You never quite catch her doing it; the character doesn’t even know she’s doing it. She just is who she is, and by the end you realize that that’s her glory.
ReelViews - James Berardinelli
Admittedly, Mother has a weak beginning and ending, but the material in between is what makes it worth watching. This probably isn't the funniest or most inventive comedy of the year, but it gets high marks in both categories.

Mother (1996)

After two failed marriages, a science fiction writer (Brooks) decides coming to terms with his mom will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with his mom (Reynolds).