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Checking Out (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 December 2006 (USA)
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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Jeff Hare

Writers:

Richard Marcus (screenplay), Allen Swift (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Morris Applebaum
Laura San Giacomo ... Flo Applebaum
David Paymer ... Ted Applebaum
Judge Reinhold ... Barry Apple(baum)
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Dr. Sheldon Henning (as Jeffrey Sams)
Shera Danese ... Rhonda Apple
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lisa Apple
Dan Byrd ... Jason Apple
Tony Todd ... Manuel
Alex Datcher ... Raphaella
David Bowe ... Allen
Bob Bancroft ... Foyt
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Luis
Galen Yuen Galen Yuen ... Foreman
Joey Gray ... Dan
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A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.

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It ain't over 'til his family says so! See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Applebaums großer Auftritt See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Peter Falk was 78 when he played the 90 year old Morris, who plans to commit suicide. Falk himself died of Alzheimer's at age 83. See more »

Quotes

Flo Applebaum: Ted cleans when he's upset. We used to tease him just so he would clear the damn dishes.
Dr Sheldon Henning: Barry also cleans?
Flo Applebaum: No, Barry eats. He knows once Ted gets started, Ted won't let anybody in there, and Barry's afraid he'll starve.
Dr Sheldon Henning: And you?
Flo Applebaum: Shop. Eat. Cry. Sometimes all at the same time.
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Truly funny
11 December 2005 | by gingerifficSee all my reviews

"Checking Out" is a very witty and honest portrayal of a bizarre family that happens to be Jewish. Judaism plays virtually no role in the film, but American Jewish culture & behavior gets thoroughly sent up... it a loving way. I wish the movie dealt with the religious perspective on the topics it explores, because I think that would have been interesting.

I've never been a Columbo fan so I wasn't familiar with Peter Falk - he's a lot of fun to watch. It's great to see Judge Reinhold, Laura San Giacomo & David Paymer again - why don't they work more? They're all hilarious. The script is terrific with a lot of memorable one-liners I'll be sure to use with my own family. Watch for Gavin McLeod (Captain Stubing!) as the doorman.


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