|Directed by||Ted Kotcheff|
|Produced by||Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery|
|Written by||Robert Klane|
|Music by||Michel Colombier|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|May 1, 1992|
Folks! is a 1992 American comedy-drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Tom Selleck. Its tagline is: "Jon Aldrich is about to come face to face with the most terrifying force known to man...his parents." It earned a Razzie Award nomination for Selleck as Worst Actor.
The film tells the story of Jon Aldrich, a successful stockbroker who is living a good life with a wife and kids until he comes across his elderly father who suffers from dementia and also meeting the wrong old man who has plays cards with, and has accidentally burned down his own house. Jon tries to get his sister, Arlene (who has two sons of her own but is an irresponsible gold digger), to take care of their parents, but she won't even open the door. As a result, his father, Harry, and his mother, Mildred, have to move in with him and his family. That is the moment that his good life starts going downhill.
The company Jon works for was apparently doing illegal things which he knew nothing of, but no one believes him therefore he loses his job. The problems for him continue to mount as Harry continues to cause much trouble and, as a result of it, the family becomes broke. His wife, Audrey, moves out with the kids, and they lose everything except their apartment. Furthermore, as a result of his severe senility, Harry continues to unintentionally injure Jon, causing him to get hearing loss, a broken hand, and a broken foot when a car runs over it. He also loses a testicle. Plus, Harry puts the lives of Jon's kids and himself in danger at one point by jaywalking in an intersection one morning while trying to take them for a walk with him without letting anyone know.
As a result of the whole mess, Jon slowly starts to lose his own sanity, but in a brief moment of regaining his own Harry tells him that he never wanted to be a burden on him but he soon slips back into his state of dementia, where he is just happy all the time and often yells out "McDonald's". Jon talks with Mildred who also says that she and Harry never wanted to be a burden on him. She then tells him that they have discussed it, and they want him to help them die so he can collect the insurance money. He is totally against this at first but after a while he changes his tune.
Somehow ending up agreeing to volunteer to it, Jon helps his parents try to commit suicide many unsuccessful times and halfway through the attempts Arlene shows up on his doorstep with both of her corpulent sons in need of a place to live. He refuses at first because she would not even open the door for them but he eventually caves in and lets them stay. She also joins in on the attempts to help their parents die, hoping for a cut of the insurance money. Her attempts are also unsuccessful.
Things slowly start looking up for Jon as Audrey eventually shows up to tell him that she was wrong for leaving and how much she loves the fact that he was willing to take in both of his parents. Upon her arrival she realizes all the injuries he has suffered since she saw him last, including the missing testicle. As they are reconciling he realizes that Arlene and his parents are gone and he knows they are going to try to commit suicide again with her help, so he tracks them down in an attempt to stop them which he successfully does, but not without facing a bit more injury.
Jon eventually gets their lives on track. He and Audrey buy a house and his parents move in with them. Arlene is now with a man who knows how to handle her bad behaving children. At the end we finally find out that Harry hasn't been yelling "McDonald's" because he was hungry, but because he bought stock in McDonnell Douglas years and years ago, meaning he is worth tons of money.
Lynn Stalmaster - Actor/Actress
Jane Alderman - Actor/Actress
Jackye Roberts - Gail
James Andelin - Lenny
Thomas Richter - Agent
Kevin Timothy Chevalia - Kevin
George Petrie - Sammy
T.J. Parish - Steve
Doris Carey Ferguson - Nurse
Joseph Miller - Jerry
Connie Scurlock - Mother
Margaret Murphy - Maggie
John McCormack - Howard
Rom Milanovich - Thug #2
Frank Dominelli - Thug #1
Bob Gordon - William
Joseph R. Ryan - Patient
George O - Doorman
Gerald Owens - Dr. Bush
Mike Barger - Paramedic
Kevin Barry Howe - FBI Agent
Juan Olmedo - 1st Cousin
Omar Cabral - Dr. Aviano
Mario Nieves - 2nd Cousin
Robert Escobar - Florida Cop
Marilyn Dodds Frank - Mrs. Henney
Tony Mockus, Jr. - Chicago Cop
Evan Lionel - Gang Leader
Magic Slim - Blues Singer
Teri McEvoy - 1st Reporter
Ilse Earl - Lois Elliott
Wanda Christine - County Nurse
Billy Brugh - Seafood Chef
Jerry Hotchkiss - 1st Neighbor
Ross Gottstein - 2nd Reporter
Frankie DaVila - Shoe Salesman
Mary Seibel - Condo Manager
Peter Burns - Another Trader
Mal Jones - Retired Doctor
Richard Sullivan Lee - Police Officer
Toni Fleming - Lady Shoe Buyer
Christopher J. Campbell - 1st Taxi Driver
O. Boyd Clow - Lenny's Partner
Will Knickerbocker - 2nd Taxi Driver
Angela Anthony Buscaglia, Jr. - Tow Truck Driver
Sid Raymond - Retired Attorney
Juan Ramirez - Shoe Store Owner
Dee Dee Deering - 1st Neighbor's Wife
Jon Favreau - Chicago Taxi Driver
Evelyn Brooks - Retired Lawyer's Wife
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina - Show Store Owner's Wife
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 20 reviews, the film has a rare approval rating of 0% –meaning no favorable reviews whatsoever –receiving an average rating of 2.5/10. Noted the Los Angeles Times , "If gays and lesbians think they're getting a bad rap in the movies, consider the filmic lot of the elderly. First "Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot," now "Folks!". Where are the Gray Panthers when you need them?" The New York Times noted that its screenwriter "is best known as the screenwriter of "Where's Poppa?" and he may be aspiring to comparably dark humor. But "Folks" tries to be tender and vicious simultaneously, and that makes for an impossible mix. A more mean-spiritedly funny actor might have carried this material better, but Mr. Selleck strives for the cuddly rather than the caustic. Mr. Ameche, mugging furiously, affects a jaw-jutting blank look and even props his chin on Mr. Selleck's shoulder occasionally for quasi-comic effect." The film was not a box office success.
Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "C+" on scale of A+ to F.
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