Reiser has written a warm, sentimental and humorous script perfect for the chemistry between he and Falk. We can only hope the chemistry extends beyond one film.
“The Thing About My Folks”
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Starring: Paul Reiser, Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis, Elizabeth Perkins
It’s good to see Paul Reiser on the screen. His multiple Emmy-nominated performances in TV’s “Mad About You” in the 90’s were an inspiration for married men everywhere. Reiser’s newest film “The Thing About My Folks”, which he wrote and starred in, is an absolute delight.
Sam Kleinman (Reiser) is looking for a house in the country because he believes it’s what his wife (Elizabeth Perkins) has always wanted. (We later learn that’s not exactly true.) Along for the ride is Sam’s father Ben (Peter Falk) whose wife (Olympia Dukakis) has just walked out on him. While looking at houses they have car problems that can’t be fixed immediately and are forced to spend a night in rural America. And that’s when the father-son relationship is explored, with some very funny outcomes.
Sam begins to see his father in a new light. When Sam complains that his dad never took him fishing, Ben takes him fishing—right that minute. The day continues with a ball game, dinner, line dancing and even a bar fight.
Falk, who’s pushing 80, is as sharp as ever in “Folks”. And Reiser has written a warm, sentimental and humorous script perfect for the chemistry between he and Falk. We can only hope the chemistry extends beyond one film.
Reviewer : Tim Basham