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When Eve (Meg Ryan) isn't being pulled in a million directions by her own life, she's being sucked into lengthy phone conversations with her cranky father (Walter Mathau) or her two sisters, successful magazine entrepreneur Georgia (Diane Keaton) and career-challenged Maddy (Lisa Kudrow). As the family becomes more and more dependent on Eve, transforming her into the human switchboard that connects them all together, Eve discovers that the ties that bind can also be the ties that gag! Her revelation doesn't sit well with her sisters, though, forcing Eve to realize that sometimes to be heard, you just have to, well, hang up! From the novel by acclaimed writer Delia Ephron, producers LaurenceMark (Jerry Maguire) and Nora Ephron (You've Got Mail), and director Diane Keaton comes HANGING UP.


Special Features

  • Deleted sequence
  • Outake Gag Reel
  • HBO First Look: Getting Connected, the Making of Hanging Up
  • Talented Files: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Walter Matthau, Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron

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  • Actors: Adam Arkin, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow, Meg Ryan, Walter Matthau
  • Directors: Diane Keaton
  • Producers: Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 076784744X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First off, don't expect a light comedy. This isn't one. But it IS a heartwarming movie which focuses on the complexities of dealing with an aging parent, one with memory issues (but anyone caring for a parent, memory issues or not, should relate to this one). Meg Ryan plays Eve, one of three daughters. Eve has the lion's share of responsibility for her father, Lou (Walter Matthau) - and that is an understatement! Meanwhile, Diane Keaton, as Georgia, is a self-centered, ambitious woman while Lisa Kudrow plays Maddy, a bit of a free spirit who is currently working in a soap opera.She has a small role but one she takes seriously and feels slighted by her sisters for not praising her acting efforts.

My take on why this one got so many bad reviews is that I think viewers have to have gone through similar situations to relate to it. Younger viewers, those without elderly parents, might not connect with it. At a certain point in my life, I probably would have found it yawn-worthy. But not now.

I have no idea why this movie seemed aimed at viewers who expect comedy. Some parts, especially scenes where Eve struggles to reconcile her parent's breakup as well as her father's drinking, his chaotic actions, and faltering memory...can be emotionally draining to view but worth the effort.

Eve is clearly overwhelmed, as are many who have to care for aging parents, but she keeps striving to balance her father's needs with the demands of her business, her marriage, and son. In spite of her best efforts, Eve isn't holding things together very well and the cracks begin to show. She is edgy and tired and can't even imagine "hanging up" or disconnecting when she needs a break. Relating to the theme of hanging up...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Hill VINE VOICE on December 11, 2001
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It's now strange to see Meg Ryan outside her usual genre--the romantic comedy. This movie is a touching drama of an ailing parent and his three daughters. I think the reason so many people were disappointed with this film is because it was advertised as a comedy. Though the main theme is sad, the film also has comic touches. Overall though I don't believe this could be called a comedy. Good acting was turned in by all. Well worth seeing at least once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on July 26, 2003
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I just watched this film on DVD, and to a regular guy like myself (I think I'm pretty regular), it was not a bad experience. Maybe it's because my mom and her siblings are currently dealing with their mother right now, and the movie struck a chord...
Anyway, I thought Meg Ryan was terrific in this film. In her other films she always tried to be cute and funny. When I was younger I liked that, but then I found her boring. But she's good in this one as the middle child who has the (mis)luck of caring for her dying father. Keaton, on the other hand, is totally unconvincing as either a magazine mogul or first daughter, and she had no screen presence at all; plus her outfit and makeup, which are meant to make her character look younger than the actress herself, are a disaster. Kudlow does what she does best: playing a dumb, clueless blonde.
As for the story, it has certain charms, but ultimately falls apart because it's confusing and melodramatic. (Be sure to watch a deleted scene on the DVD.) As some reviewers pointed out all too often the movie seems directionless, and the on-screen chemistry of the three sisters is rather lacking. Funny Evie keeps asking about the name of a "bland" actress from the 50s; the movie just gets more and more bland. But Ryan is good enough that she keeps the film moving and makes me like her again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By North Carolina Reader on September 20, 2002
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This movie explores the complex bonds of siblings and how they relate to each other and their parents. On the surface, it seems like a comedy, but it has more than enough moments to make one pull out the box of tissues. Underneath the comic relief we see the frustrations, jealousy, misunderstandings and fierce that love that make up the relationships we have with our siblings. It explores love, guilt, fear, anger, happiness and loss with equal scrutiny. After watching this movie, I immediately wanted to watch it WITH my two sisters! It's a really good way to take a close look at our own families and how we relate to each other. Great acting buy the female leads and a wonderfully touching performance by the late Walter Matthau.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Siegel on July 29, 2003
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When I first saw this movie, I have to admit that I wasn't very impressed by it. You're going from sister to sister, scene to scene very quickly. I didn't have much time to understand what was even going on. So I decided to give the movie another chance, mostly because Diane Keaton is my favorite actress. So I did and as I watched, I became more aware of what was going on. Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, and Diane Keaton all give stunning performances in this movie. Walter Matthau gave a great performance as the father. The sad part is, is that this was his final film before he passed away. Cloris Leachman has a very small part in the movie, but the parts that she is in are quite effective.
Many people view this movie as a comedy. It is definitely not a comedy. It is a drama. If you watch closely and really pay attention to what is going on, then you'll see the difference. Eve (Ryan) is trying to balance her son and husband and caring for her father. Something that Maddy (Kudrow), a soap star and Georgia (Keaton), the head of a magazine entitled 'Georgia' will not do. They are too wrapped up in their own lives to come and help care for their dying father. Yes, the ending is a little predictable, but it is also very touching. If you're looking for a movie that has everyone getting along all the time, don't rent this. But if you want to watch a movie that shows what true family can be, rent this. Granted, many families are not like this, but hey, you never know!
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