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Release Date: April 25th, 2003

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 2003

PG-13|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
Three generations of males -- grandfather Mitch Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), son Alex (Michael Douglas) and grandson Asher (Cameron Douglas) -- try to chart their way through personal upheavals and come together after Mitch suffers a stroke. Alex, a womanizer going through a midlife crisis and fearing he's become like his neglectful father, attempts to save Asher from a life of drugs. None of them wanted to turn into their fathers, but it'll take a lot more than wishes to heal the damage done.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Michelle Monaghan, Geoffrey Arend

Director: Fred Schepisi

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Distributors: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

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  • Every scene in this oppressive film has a theme or didactic purpose, but little life.

  • Never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't. Bottom line: I was. show more

  • Manages to sidestep the potential overload of cheap sentimentality -- an intimate dance between an elderly couple registers with heartbreaking sweetness -- and evokes a lingering sense of loss. show more

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