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Hanging Up (2000)

Diane Keaton , Meg Ryan , Diane Keaton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Walter Matthau, Adam Arkin
  • Directors: Diane Keaton
  • Writers: Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron
  • Producers: Bill Robinson, Delia Ephron, Diana Pokorny, Laurence Mark, Nora Ephron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • 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: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 076784744X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hanging Up" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama--Not Comedy December 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, not great, either July 26, 2003
Format:DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my family seem normal! September 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great June 27, 2000
Format:DVD
This movie is not at all what I expected. Yes, Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow are great actresses, and they're the ones that make the film work.
Eve (Ryan), unlike Maddy (Kudrow) and Georgia (Keaton), is often worried about her father's (Walter Matthau) health, and she devotes the majority of her time to him. Maddy and Georgia take their father for granted, except for Eve. But in the midst of their father's failing health, the three sisters reestablish their relationship.
This movie is not a comedy -- there are more dramatic moments than funny ones. But I still think it's worth watching. Ryan, Keaton and Kudrow are a great trio, even in a mediocre film like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wildly uneven comedy/drama February 3, 2001
Format:DVD
The late Walter Matthau ended his long and illustrious career as a film actor in "Hanging Up," playing, appropriately, the dying father of three adult daughters. I wish I could say that the vehicle he chose as his eventual swan song were one truly worthy of his enormous skill and talent. Unfortunately - or rather fortunately - however, this will not be the film for which he is most remembered.
Like so many films, "Hanging Up" starts off with the most noble of intentions. Writer Delia Ephron and director Diane Keaton have attempted to come to terms with the most complex issue facing the aging baby boomer generation: how does one cope with ailing, aging and dying parents while trying to keep a grip on one's own hectic life and personal commitments? And, to make matters more complicated, how does one expend the physical and emotional energy needed for such a task when the parent himself is often irascible, crusty and even downright unlikable in his behavior and nature? And, finally, how does a wounded child ultimately find it in his or her heart to forgive the parent and arrive at that moment of reconciliation so crucial when death finally comes?
When "Hanging Up" focuses on this theme, it achieves moments of point and relevance. All of us can identify with the main character, Eve (Meg Ryan), a sweet, warmhearted young woman who, alone of the three daughters, has unflaggingly dedicated herself to the care of a father who, more often than not, strikes out at her in unappreciative scorn and anger. Wearied and harassed by the enormous burdens of her hectic life and her own inability to say "no" to the people who demand so much from her, Eve emerges as a truly winning and believable character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining movie!
Walter M. is as funny as usual. Just what we needed for a good laugh!
We recommend it for your entertainment.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Campagna
1.0 out of 5 stars Love all three women.
The movie was not worth buying as i could not get all the way through this movie at all. sad too as I loe the three women
Published 2 months ago by Michelle McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Oh too funny, great story line, these ladies worked well together, and Walter, was great and funny, a must see
Published 3 months ago by Lynn Larr
1.0 out of 5 stars If this movie was Free don't watch it !!!!!
This Movie Is clearly the worst movie that I have ever seen, And I have been watching movies for about 60 years.
Published 3 months ago by Carlton H Coolidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I saw this and cried. It reminded me of my dad and what it will be like when he's older. I really hope my mom is still alive then cause oh boy. Lol
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen Leatherbury
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stars .. not sure of the Chemistry
But then, are you ever sure of the chemistry among sisters? This movie is a fair representation of how one child usually bears the responsibility of taking care of the parent while... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LuvtoShopAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging up DVD
These 3 women in the same movie????

The best casting ever.

This sometimes sad movie deals with loss, love, frustration & happiness.
Published 11 months ago by K L.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a sister,it is worth watching.
The acting is beautiful and so are the characters. Tears,sadness,always one child cares for the parent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grama
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those who relate!
My mom and mother in law are going through similar situations like those in this movie! This is a great watch for anyone who can relate to a family member who has dementia and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by texas
1.0 out of 5 stars AWEFULL
the entire movie there on the phone talking - never did figure the plot to the movie
Walter kept talking about the size of John Wayne's penis. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James Richard Davis
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