Terms of Endearment

1983 **** 131 mins.

Considering the fact that this won the Oscar for Best Picture, I was expecting this film to be a lot better (and a little less boring/tedious) than it is. I mean, it's not bad at all, it's just not what I expected from James L. Brooks (As Good as it Gets is near perfection). The story moves almost alarmingly fast, jumping years at a time, expecting the viewer to just keep up. Still, though, the film is funny and touching. All the key players are fantastic, bringing their characters to life like no other cast could. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger are the perfect mother/daughter combination, and throw in Jack Nicholson as the womanizing ex-astronaut next-door neighbor, and you've got a perfect cast. So, the good parts do outweigh the bad, ultimately.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated PG; contains language and sexuality.

Debra Winger + Shirley MacLaine + Jack Nicholson + Danny DeVito + Jeff Daniels + John Lithgow

Based on the Novel by
Larry McMurtry

Screenplay by
James L. Brooks

Directed by
James L. Brooks


Motion Pictures