Hanging Up (2000)


“You know, that I actually met a girl by the name of Moo Goo Gai Pan? That was her last name. Her first name was Freida. Freida Moo Goo Gai Pan. She was half-Jewish, half-Chinese. A lot of people called her the Ori-Yenta. ” – Lou Mozell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A woman and her sisters have to deal with their elderly father who is having medical issues

My Take on it – While trying to watch more films with Meg Ryan, I decided to finally check out this movie.

The cats is great and Meg Ryan does a superb job as the main focus.

Walter Matthau tho, still manages to steal every scene he appears in as their father who fades in and out of the present and past due to his illness.

The film is able to give a great viewpoint on the connections between children and parents as life moves along.

Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow play the two other sisters and despite it really being difficult to believe that these three women are sisters, the story still manages to work.

Keaton directed this movie quite well tho because it expertly uses flashback to try and explain how things got to this place in their lives.

The movie is able to ask some very tough questions about the relationships and connections between the two generations, yet at the same time also looks at how those within the same generation see things from skewed perspectives which adds a whole new layer to the story.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Walter Matthau’s final role. In very poor health throughout filming, he was diagnosed with colon cancer for the second time in his life in November 1999. He died over seven months later, four months after the film’s release. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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