Directed by Albert Brooks • 1996 • United States
Starring Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds
Following his second divorce, a science fiction author (writer-director Albert Brooks) realizes he is never going to find lasting love if he doesn't straighten out his relationship with his mother first. But when he moves back in with his maddeningly passive-aggressive mom (Debbie Reynolds in a smashing comeback performance), it soon becomes clear that she has no intention of making the process easy for him. With his customary blend of sharp observational humor and all-American angst, Albert Brooks delivers an alternately hilarious and painfully relatable look at the complicated ties that bind parents and children.