|Writers:||Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson|
|Director of Photography:||Lajos Koltai|
|Production Designer:||Charles Rosen|
|Producers:||Scott Rudin and Herb Nanas|
|Paramount; PG-13; 104 minutes|
|Cast:||Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow and Rob Morrow|
Brooks introduces his film with a description of two types of mothers: the ones who think their children are perfect and the other kind. Beatrice Henderson (Reynolds) is the other kind. She accepts, not welcomes, her twice-divorced son, John (Brooks), when he moves back home. She shows her annoyance by dividing the refrigerator into two sides, and he plays on his mother's neuroses, inviting her to Victoria's Secret for a shopping spree. The nearly flawless screenplay defines not only the characters' personalities, but also the entire family history in pointed set pieces of constant bickering. Brooks should do this more often.