Hanging UpFebruary 18, 2000
A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 4.4/10 (6,881 voted)
Critic's Score: 33/100
Stars: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow
Georgia Mozell, Eve Marks and Maddy Mozell are adult sisters. Georgia is the editor of her own wildly successful self-titled women's magazine. She strives for publicity at any cost. Party planner Eve is the mother hen of the group, not only of her own family, but also of her siblings and father as their mother, Pat, not only emotionally left their father when they divorced, but her daughters as well. And Maddy is a vacuous soap opera actress who has always struggled for her own identity. Despite being as busy with her own life as the others, Eve is the only one of the three who deals with the long term hospitalization of their cantankerous seventy-nine year old father, Lou Mozell, when he enters the early stages of dementia, and the associated outcomes of that hospitalization. Eve's caring for Lou is despite an especially hurtful incident with him seven years earlier. As the emotional aspect of looking after Lou becomes more and more stressful…
Writers: Delia Ephron, Delia Ephron
Eve Mozell Marks
Dr. Omar Kunundar
(as Duke Moosekian)
Tracee Ellis Ross
Every family has a few hang-ups.
Release Date: 18 February 2000
Filming Locations: 1261 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $13,567,978
(18 February 2000)
Did You Know?
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 shortly after filming ended. He died over seven months later, four months after the film's release.
During the Halloween/Jesse's birthday party flash back, after the father has burst into the home, Evey is wearing her bunny mask in one shot, the next she's not, then in the next she's pulling it off her head.
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.
Hated it, and then I loved it.
The first time I saw this movie, in the theater, I was too caught up in
the unexpected awfulness of Eve's situation to be rational about my
reaction. Only someone who has lived through an experience like this
could possibly understand her feelings about her father, her selfish
sisters, her truly horrible mother, while trying (unsuccessfully, but
sincerely trying!!) to maintain some kind of family life with her
husband and son. I loved the frequent flashbacks. I think this is a
movie for the over-forty audience, because I'm not sure anybody else
could understand it. The second time I watched it, I was able to
concentrate more on the story, and the story is a good one. Sure, it's
no knee-slapping comedy, but it never presented itself as such. It's
almost too realistic in parts, if you've ever had a parent in this
situation, you would understand. If you haven't yet reached that part
of your life, there is no way you could possibly understand. The
doctor's mother was a love of a person. I'd like to see her again. I
wish I knew her in real life. And, the soundtrack is absolutely
awesome. Jay McShann's "Once Upon A Time" is one of the most beautiful
songs I've ever heard. And when it was sung over the flashback of Eve's
mother and father dancing, I cried through the whole scene. If you are
seeking a comedy, seek elsewhere.
If you are at that stage of your life where you are seeking a great
mixture of comedy, tragedy, irony, and frustration (just like our real
lives!) then go rent this movie tonight. Have some Kleenex handy.