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Nothing in Common

PG| 1 hr. 58 min.

Plot Summary
A successful advertising executive, David Basner (Tom Hanks), is working on a project that could make him partner at his company. When his parents suddenly end their 36-year marriage, he is thrown into the role of caregiver, dealing with his delicate mother, Lorraine (Eva Marie Saint), and his combative father, Max (Jackie Gleason), who provides constant aggravation and bitter remarks. When one of his parents gets sick, David must choose what is more important, his family or his career.

Cast: Tom Hanks , Jackie Gleason , Eva Marie Saint , Hector Elizondo , Barry Corbin , Bess Armstrong , Sela Ward , John Kapelos

Director: Garry Marshall

Genres: Comedy drama

Nothing in Common (1986)

Release Date: July 30th, 1986|1 hr. 58 min.

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  • Professionalism is both Nothing in Common's greatest strength and its greatest limitation. It's a very finely crafted piece, a product of hard work and careful consideration, yet nothing breaks through the craft--there's no personal drive to it. show more

  • I realize that Nothing in Common wants to surprise us by inserting tragedy in the midst of laughter, but the problem is, the serious parts of this movie are so much more interesting than the lightweight parts that the whole project gets out of balance. show more

  • Nothing in Common does not have flawless courage - Hanks is too pumped-up, his fun scenes too tidily choreographed - but it has a heart and a mind and decent intentions. For coming out of today's Hollywood with these intact, the film deserves a medal. [1 Aug 1996, p.D1] show more

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  • April 27, 2011 cardoc1
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    a great movie about a father and son relatioship. tom hanks is a great actor along with the legend \"tthe great one\" every actor has a talent and jackie gleason was one of a kind for his time. thiis is a good mivie if you haven\"t seen it. jackie gleason also mande a movie called \"the toy\" he plays a wealth dad who pawns off his son to a live in house keeper played by richard pryor. gleason learns the meaning of a good relationship with his young son and money isn\'t everything. thanks jason

  • August 25, 2010 Sweetrose
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    When Divorce hits families, it strikes hard.David Basner(Hanks),is an advertising executive who feels a bit stunned,when his father relays the shock.Comic legend Jackie Gleason, plays Max Basner,a man who is set in his own ways.Wife Lorraine(Eva Marie Saint),suddenly decides she has had enough;She packs up leaving their home and marriage.David tries to talk sense into his mom,but she will not heed any advice. David is desperate to save his job,but the boss will not hear of any family quabble.Sela Ward and Hector Aiizondo, play David's co-workers.Cheryl(Ward), gets upset that David lacks professionalism and she is chosen to go on the high profile business trip that costs Basner the job. The Late Gleason and Hanks shine in this brilliant heart tugger film.I applaud the cast for this warm film!

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