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Checking Out (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 December 2006 (USA)
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

Director:

Jeff Hare

Writers:

Richard Marcus (screenplay), Allen Swift (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Morris Applebaum
Laura San Giacomo ... Flo Applebaum
David Paymer ... Ted Applebaum
Judge Reinhold ... Barry Apple(baum)
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Dr. Sheldon Henning (as Jeffrey Sams)
Shera Danese ... Rhonda Apple
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lisa Apple
Dan Byrd ... Jason Apple
Tony Todd ... Manuel
Alex Datcher ... Raphaella
David Bowe ... Allen
Bob Bancroft ... Foyt
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Luis
Galen Yuen Galen Yuen ... Foreman
Joey Gray ... Dan
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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It ain't over 'til his family says so! See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Applebaums großer Auftritt See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Peter Falk was 78 when he played the 90 year old Morris, who plans to commit suicide. Falk himself died of Alzheimer's at age 83. See more »

Quotes

Ted Applebaum: My personal life is not a part of your therapy, Dan.
Dan: Your old man is a pain in the ass too, ha?
Ted Applebaum: My father is not why we're here.
[very uncomfortable]
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Wonderful
10 April 2005 | by juno2030See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to catch this film at the Phoenix Film Festival and I must say that I very much enjoyed it. When I asked the Director if he had attended Film School I was very much impressed that he had not. Films like these don't come from people without talent. To get a start in commercials and then produce a heart felt family comedy like this shows real range. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on what he does next. As a good indie movie should, the film is very character driven. As apposed to your average Hollywood movie, which are mostly plot driven. The Film centers on a Jewish family in New York, the Applebaum's, who have all been invited back for their fathers "suicide" party. The film is stock full of witty, quick, jabbing, dialogue. The fact the small Jewish family is obsessed with being Jewish and anyone who is Jewish grounds the unrealistic situation of a "suicide" party in reality. Director Jeff Hare does a wonderful job at pulling the characters out of the actors and bringing them to life on screen. The production design brings the sets to life with lots of attention paid to small details making the setting feel like a home that's been lived in for 40 years. The editing keeps up with the dialogue in such a way that it makes you sit on your seat wondering who's going to stab who with the next witty phrase or punch line. And when appropriate the film slows down to let the audience dive a little deeper into the meanings and motivations hidden inside these lovable characters. If you're a fan of Woody Allen or films like "As Good as it Gets" go see this film.


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