SEE: “Mother” starring Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds
I love Albert Brooks. I want to have his babies. I love that Brooks has always written what he knows — thus in practically every movie he seems to play either a writer or an advertising guy. (I am exaggerating of course. Check out Brooks in “Drive” and “My First Mister” for proof that the man can really act!)
In “Mother,” Brooks plays a neurotic, twice divorced sci-fi writer who decides to move back home with his mom so he can work on some of his own personal issues. What he doesn’t realize is that (a) you never really can go home and (b) your mother is actually a real live person with a personality and friends and interests other than that of her children.
"Mother" might be dismissed as fluff but it is prime sentimental satire with both Brooks and Reynolds playing their roles to a tee. Their subtle smart performances result in snappy cringeworthy banter. I guess I connect with this movie so much because I can see a lot of me and my own insecurities in Brooks’ character — and how he treats/reacts to his mother sort of makes me think that I might look at my Dad in some of the same ways.
Happy Mother’s Day Dad! And Happy Mother’s Day to my wife Kerry — May Abi not see us through Albert-coloured-glasses in ten-years!