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Hanging Up Hanging Up

In a time when so many people are involved with the care of their parents or loved ones in the twilight years, I was hoping for a sensitive and caring approach from this movie.

Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow and Diane Keaton play sisters who are responsible for their aging father portrayed by Walter Matthau.  The story is one I've seen and dealt with: 3 siblings and only 1 saddled with the caring responsibilities.

The use of the phone to show the distance between the siblings is over used and in fact becomes annoying.  Never do we really see the human side of aging.  We only see the rationalization for the noninvolvement by the sisters.

Written by Delia Ephron of You've Got Mail fame (or shame - you decide) and directed by Keaton, Hanging Up is a poor attempt to balance a real life dilemma with comedy.  Once again we are forced to look at life through "Hollywood's eyes" and see yet another serious and timely issue dealt with by giving the public a large group of stars to gain box office dollars and never really acing the issues.

 
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