A Freudian psychodrama disguised as a warm and breezy comedy, the movie features scenes of mother-son sparring that are not just funny, but unnervingly spot-on. Being an Albert Brooks film, Mother never gives way to teary catharsis; John reacts to the climactic breakthrough by triumphantly declaring to his puzzled mother: "We've figured it out! We know why you hate me!"
Big Night (15). This directorial debut by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott is a good-natured, old-fashioned movie, unquestionably low-key but also more enduring than you might imagine. Set in the outskirts of New York in the late Fifties, the film gracefully charts the fortunes of two restaurant- owning Italian-immigrant brothers, one a temperamental master chef (Tony Shalhoub), the other a quietly determined businessman (Tucci, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his cousin Joseph Tropiano).
The picture thrives on lovingly observed details and winning performances (Ian Holm's sorely overpitched rival restaurateur is the exception); co-director Scott contributes an inspired cameo as a smarmy car salesman.Reuse content