A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic.
1962, after Yale graduation, womanizing Lawrence flees a gambling debt that his rich dad won't pay. He takes his roomie's place as Peace Corps Volunteer in Thai Golden Triangle with 2 other PCVs. Will he survive 2 years?
David Basner is a successful advertising executive who has it all: Money, happiness, and women who want him. Then one day his world falls apart when his mother leaves his father. Now, he must balance his life between his mother, who is happy with her newfound independence, and his father, a recently laid off salesman who is hard-headed, stubborn, and hides a lot from David. Now David must cope with the downfall of his family and his life.Written by
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Rumor has it that director Garry Marshall would not go ahead with the making of this film without the inclusion of Jackie Gleason. Gleason had grown tired of filmmaking, and wished to retire from the business. After several attempts to get him on board, Marshall finally called Gleason on the phone and insisted that if he didn't do this film that the last film he would be remembered for was Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983). Gleason immediately accepted the offer. In Garry Marshall's 2012 memoir, My Happy Days in Hollywood, he credits Ray Stark with asking Gleason the question about if he wanted Smokey and the Bandit 2 being how he would be remembered. See more »
David's Jeep has an automatic transmission in some scenes, a manual transmission in others. See more »
You're the last person I ever thought would come through for me.
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One "unedited" print, formerly in HBO's library, removes the exchange between Max and David about their "best friends." See more »
The story line is pretty straight forward, and the production was good, especially considering the 80's style of movie making. But Tom carries the movie, with his now-classic mix of rapier wit, sarcasm, and charming humor.
Tom play David Basner, a talented, slightly arrogant Chicago ad-exec whose parents just split after 50+ years of marriage. Though he has left "the nest" and views his parents as a necessary evil to be dealt with as little as possible, he finds himself providing ever-increasing support to each parent, all the while discovering the frailty and human side of each of them, and discovering what his priorities should be.
A definite watch
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