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Hanging Up

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Hanging Up is an 2000 American (Comedy/Drama) film about a trio of sisters who bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close. This film features Diane Keaton (who also directed), Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow as the three sisters, and Walter Matthau (in his final film appearance) as the father.

Plot

Daddy's favorite daughter is over-extended in this Diane Keaton-directed comedy about loving, laughing, and learning to let go. Meg Ryan plays party-planner Eve, a streched-too-thin mother, wife, sister, and dutiful daughter. Eve's harried life has become even more complicated by her reliance on modern technology--her cell phone, fax machine, lap top, and answering machine assist in tying up her already busy life. Walter Matthau is her ailing 79-year-old father, Lou, a curmudgeonly grouch who is admitted into the hospital with memory loss. Eve tries to recruit help with her father from her two neglectful sisters: Georgia (Diane Keaton), a New York publishing tycoon who runs her own magazine, the self-titled "Georgia," and baby sister Maddy (Lisa Kudrow), a self-involved soap opera actress. Hoping to please her father, Eve also tries to reach out to her mother (Cloris Leachman) who abandoned the family years earlier. But finally Eve must learn to "hang up" on the pressures, obligations, and responsibilities of being a do-it-all woman. Real-life sisters Nora and Delia Ephron co-wrote the screenplay to HANGING UP, which was adapted from Delia Ephron's book. HANGING UP was Walter Matthau's last film before his death in 2000.

Cast

Meg Ryan - Eve Mozell Marks

Diane Keaton - Georgia Mozell

Lisa Kudrow - Maddy Mozell

Walter Matthau - Lou Mozell

Adam Arkin - Joe Marks

Shaun Duke - Dr. Omar Kunundar (as Duke Moosekian)

Ann Bortolotti - Ogmed Kunundar

Cloris Leachman - Pat Mozell

Maree Cheatham - Angie

Myndy Crist - Dr. Kelly

Libby Hudson - Libby

Jesse James - Jesse Marks

Edie McClurg - Esther

Tracee Ellis Ross - Kim

Celia Weston - Madge Turner

Reception

Hanging Up was released in U.S on February 18th 2000 to relatively negative to average reviews. It made just over $15.7 million opening weekend, over the 4-day Presidents Day weekend. Hanging Up opened to 2618 theatres at an average of exactly $6000. It lasted 8 weeks in domestic release, it dropped out of the top 10 in its 3rd week of release. Domestically grossing $36,050,230 with an extra $15,829,814 (from worldwide audiences) brought its international total to $51,880,044. Hanging Up is considered failure due to falling $9 million short of recuperating its budget of $60million. Hanging Up has a 'rotten' 12% on www.rottentomatoes.com with only 10 out of 83 reviews having a positive tone to it. "Though the screenplay and the novel it's based on were both written by the same person, critics say Hanging Up is an unsuccessful adaptation. The acting is praised as solid, but is ultimately unable to save the film." - http://au.rottentomatoes.com/m/hanging_up/ .

Mistakes/Goofs

Continuity: Eve's cracked driver window is fixed when viewed from outside. Revealing mistakes: When the three sisters are en route from the Nixon Library to the hospital, they drive across a bridge on the wrong side of the road (apparently a reversal of the negative).

External links

http://au.rottentomatoes.com/m/hanging_up/

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