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||Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow, Walter
She'll make you go.
The sisters walk in on dad getting in on, but
A chuckle here and there.
Eve (Ryan) having coffee with a doctor's mother.
Lou - "She was a good lay."
Laurence Mark and Nora Ephron
Whammy and I were leaving "Hanging Up" and Whammy says
"I didn't think this was supposed to be a sad movie." I
guess those previews just didn't tell us as much as we
thought they did. Sometimes that happens. I went because it
had Meg Ryan. That was enough for me.
A Movie Review
Anyway, "Hanging Up" tell the story of three sisters and
their dealing with a dying father. You've got Diane Keaton
as Georgia, the self-survivor, sibling the other sisters are
a little jealous of, and out of town sister who just gets
the updates on dad's condition. Then you've got Lisa Kudrow
as Maddy. She's the youngest, a soap opera star who seems
most disappointed that no one in her family watches her
show. She's the in-town sister who's mostly too busy to deal
with dad. Then there is Meg Ryan as Eve. She's the middle
sister, with a husband and son, who has taken upon herself
to be the one to have to deal with her father's illness on a
day to day basis, maybe, mostly, because it seems it is her
phone number he always remembers. Oh yea, you've got Walter
Matthau as Lou, the crotchety old dad. It's a tough story to
tell because everyone has a different way they deal with a
parent's aging, and "Hanging Up" does a good job at
differentiating the roles, but it ends up being too "all is
good and loving" as the sisters come together for dad's last
days. These sisters talk to each other about everything,
usually in a phone conversation that abruptly ends without
saying "Goodbye," complain to each other about everything in
a phone conversation that abruptly ends without saying
"Goodbye," but just don't seem to understand each other
until it's too late for everyone but Eve to have to deal
with the day to day sadness of a father's illness.
Lisa Kudrow and Diane Keaton are given the same posturing
as stars in this movie, but "Hanging Up" is really Meg Ryan
and Walter Matthau's film, more about their relationship
than the other sisters, and one daughter dealing with a
dying father who will hug her one minute and curse her the
next. At times we hate our parents, at times we feel sorry
for them, but in "Hanging Up" it shows that through it all
we still love them.
The trailer for the movie kinda hints that "Hanging Up"
is a funny look at three sisters and their father, but this
movie is a serious drama with some very cute moments (case
in point - Eve having coffee with the mother of a doctor's
car which she hit, and the mother being the person Eve
really needs to here from, with the wisdom of a mother Eve
hasn't had because her mom left her father long ago), so my
own bit of wisdom is to go into "Hanging Up" expecting a
drama and not a comedy and I think you might enjoy the movie
a little more.
Unfortunately I didn't go into the movie that way and
maybe because of that the movie dragged a little more than
it should have. I love Meg Ryan as an actress, always enjoy
her in a movie, and "Hanging Up" is no different. Diane
Keaton is underutilized, maybe mostly because she also
directs the film and her character is set as the outsider,
and Lisa Kudrow still shows that she has to be the most
versatile actress off the set of "Friends." But I thought
the movie actually lost itself with the sister aspect, in
fact, as Eve, I doubt I would have been as forgiving as she
was with the lack of interest the sisters showed. I would
have preferred a story of one daughter with no mother to
lean on, a dying father you can hate but have to love, and
the sadness of a parents growing old. But, that's just me.
So, in the end I was happy to see the movie end, and with
that it's 2 stars out of 5. It had a lot of potential, kinda
got lost in it's intertwining of sisterhood, and I would
wait for cable or a rental.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!