Nothing in Common (1986)


nothing_in_common_dvd2002_front“You could’ve been a great anything, son.” – Max

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A successful ad executive must juggle a new impotant advertizing account while taking care of his recently separated father.

My Take on it – I’ve always been a big fan of Tom Hanks and somehow I missed this film along the way.

Hanks and Jackie Gleeson are perfect together as a mismatched father and son who try to reconnect despite their differences and similarities.

It was a lot of fun watching Hanks play another of his carefree and somewhat wacky characters from his early days in film.

The story itself is quite moving and is done well because they get the balance right between the two converging storylines.

Really enjoyed the message about the seemingly conflicting ideas of work and family and the idea that we learn from what we see while growing up and this helps to create who we eventually  become for better and for worse

Bottom Line – Hanks and Gleeson are great here. Fun to see Hanks in his early days when he could play wackier characters. The story is solid and they get the balance right. Loved the message about family vs. work and how much your life is based on your earlier experiences. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rumor has it that director Garry Marshall wouldn’t go ahead with the making of this film without the inclusion of Jackie Gleeson. Gleeson had grown tired of filmmaking, and wished to retire from the business. After several attempts to get him on board, Marshall finally called Gleeson 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 III”. Gleeson immediately accepted. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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