• Nothing in Common (1986)

Nothing in Common

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2002

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, Héctor Elizondo, Barry Corbin, Bess Armstrong, Sela Ward, John Kapelos

Director: Garry Marshall

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Delphi Films

Keywords: Love, Amusing, Wife, Bar, Family, Girlfriend, Husband, Office, Sacrifice, Hospital, Engaging, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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]

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    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

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

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