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3.54

Awesome: 7.69%
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Total Crap: 7.69%

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Nothing In Common
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by Chris Parry

"The exact moment in history when we all realized Tom Hanks was an actor."
4 stars

Jackie Gleasonís last feature film appearance is a fun little dramedy starring every manís everyman, Tom Hanks, as an advertising executive whose parents are going nuts dealing with their divorce as he tries to deal with his dysfunctional love life.

Barely there dad (Gleason) is going a little senile and covering up the fact that he needs medical help, while suddenly free mom is dating for the first time and beginning to understand that thirty years of marriage have pretty much screwed up her sexual technique.

In the middle of them both is only-child Hanks, the kind of guy thatís always ready with a joke and continually hopping from bed to bed, stewardess to secretary, one night stand to half-hour stand. Heís good at his job, great with the ladies, making money, visits his parents for birthdays and Christmas and basically lives his life as a wealthy 16-year-old, until he meets a woman (Sela Ward) who is richer than he, smarter than he and out of the bed quicker than he. Spotting a feminine prize that will finally give him a little challenge, Hanks falls head over heels for the strong-willed businesswoman, before being spurned and seeing in her exactly what heís become.

Throw in a tumultuous ad campaign, a browbeating client, his father getting fired, the occasional sexual misadventure and two romantically inclined Clydesdales and youíve got a manic month in the life of a man on the brink.

There are many good reasons to watch Nothing in Common, but first and foremost are the performances of Hanks and Gleason as a father/son combination that doesnít combine so well as a family. Both are on fire from start to finish, with Gleason adding a dramatic element to his work that most wouldnít have realized he was capable of. At the time this was filmed, Hanks was right on the cusp of his comedy-to-drama transition and even though this flick wonít be well remembered on his dying day, itís interesting to watch him beginning to dawn on the fact that he could handle drama. Watching the best comedians of two generations turn their talents to the dramatic stuff is a great way to enjoy a rainy Sunday afternoon, but itís not all roses for this Garry Marhsall affair. Marshallís work has always been sickly sweet (Runaway Bride, Pretty Woman, The Other Sister) and in this outing he seems to decide halfway through the film that whatís turned out to be a pretty good comedy should turn around and be a good drama instead. Ferí cryiní out loud; pick a path and go with it, Marshall!

A scene involving two Clydesdale horses having sex as Tom Hanks and Sela Ward become aroused stands out as perhaps the least well thought out of everything on the screen in Nothing In Common.

There are several other scenes that fall flat both before and after that one, but having said that, itís tough to dislike what youíre seeing when so many talented folks are doing such good jobs in front of the camera. If only as the swan song of one of the comedic greats of our time, Jackie Gleason, itís a film that deserves far more attention than a lot of folks pay it.

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User Comments

3/25/15 Anne Could have been brilliant! 2 stars
7/02/13 PAUL SHORTT DISAPPOINTINGLY UNEVEN DESPITE A GOOD STAR PERFORMANCE 1 stars
3/05/08 mr.mike Not bad , and has a strong ending. 4 stars
12/18/05 Dana L Goudreault A fine, feel good movie, featuring a young Tom Hanks and the final role for Jackie Gleason, 5 stars
8/06/04 Smitty I disagree, gentlemen, the movie surrounds Gleason in one of his better serious roles. 4 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby Agree, Charles. The ad scenes are priceless; the homefront melodrama is trite. Great music. 3 stars
12/13/02 Charles Tatum Forget the sitcom main plot, they should have kept the film at the ad agency 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  30-Jul-1986 (PG)

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Australia
  02-Feb-1987 (PG)




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