Roommates 1995 PG CC

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(36) IMDb 6.4/10
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A grandfather and his grandson find themselves living together as roommates.

Starring:
Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Roommates

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Peter Yates
Starring Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney
Supporting actors Julianne Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Jan Rubes, Joyce Reehling, Ernie Sabella, John Cunningham, Noah Fleiss, Lisa Davis, Rohn Thomas, Karl Mackey, Zygmund Szarnicki, Lee McConnell, David Cutter, David Tom, Lillian Misko-Coury, Kate Young, Noah Abrams, Ilana Levine
Studio Hollywood Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It is a loving, family movie.
Mamagoat
This is a really great movie, the actors did really good acting in it.
Elizabeth K. Capiga
I love the subtle yet important messages it imparts.
Kristopher Haines

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I must put in a word of defense for this excellent movie, which was sadly underrated by both critics and audiences. The true story - of a Polish baker in Pittsburgh who raised his orphaned grandson at the age of 70+ and put him through medical school - sounds like a formula for sentimentality and cliches. However, the movie transcends that to become a moving story of the strength of family, with many wonderful touches of humor. Peter Falk's portrayal of the irascible, curmudgeonly, and indomitable Rocky Holzcek dominates the movie. We are made to care about all the people portrayed. I don't understand the criticism about the movie "not having a story" to tie it together. The changing relationship of Rocky and his family as the years go by has plenty of elements of drama. This movie touched me deeply. It's a real sleeper.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Reviewer on February 12, 2004
Format: DVD
Unfortunately, this gem is one of those movies where people look at the box and just pass up. A big mistake. Although "Roommates" starts out as what appears to be light comedy. Peter Falk's portrayal of a cantankerous old man is just great throughout. But as the movie progresses, and down-to-earth hardships such as the loss of family members becomes part of the story, the characters become deeper, and the truly touching love of an old man for his family, and the love of a man for his grandfather come through. It is a beautiful film that will make you laugh out loud, make you cry buckets of tears, break your heart and then repair it again. You cannot help but get absorbed in the characters and relationships in "Roommates". Recommended viewing!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Adams on January 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
We watched this on a quiet night and didn't expect much. We were pleasantly surprised at how touching it was. I recommend it to anyone sick of blood, guts, sex, etc. but yet doesn't want to watch a Disney cartoon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raymond K. Wong on March 29, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's a shame that this movie's largely overlooked by critics and audience alike. However, many people who happen to "stumble" across this movie will be pleasantly surprised. OK, I'm biased because I'm in the movie. But as an avid movie-goer, I have to say this is one of the better family movies in the past 10 years. The relationships are real and touching. Even though I knew -- from the filming -- how it was going to end, the tears that came down my cheeks caught me by surprise. I wish more people would see it and realize what a great movie this is. Peter Falk and D.B.Sweeney have great chemistry. You also get to see other great actors such as Julianne Moore (unfortunately, for some reason, they always fail to mention this film in her bios).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Haines on April 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
...The art of film-making distinguishes itself from other art forms
because it lends itself quite easily to being experienced by many people at one time. This
quality becomes greater when you experience a great movie with a loved one. That film
then becomes one of your fondest memories. For me, this is the case with "Room-mates."
I will forever remember the first time I watched this movie and who I watched it with.
There are certain movies where you quite willingly turn a blind eye to it's supposed
"imperfections" and enjoy it purely because it left you with a good feeling in your heart
and a memory you will forever cherish. It is very odd indeed that "Room-mates" would
fall into this category. Despite the fact that you know one of the film's saddest moments is
inevitable, it still affects you deeply. Even then, you are left with hope in your heart, and
know that these character's will endure. I love the subtle yet important messages it
imparts. As a small boy, the son has to contend with the old man's incessant snoring yet
when he finally is out on his own and free of it he finds he can not sleep for the lack of it.
(This proves, in a unique and unforgettable way that you do not appreciate what you have
until you've lost it.) Every member of the cast gives stellar performances without
exception. I even enjoyed the moments that some critics would argue went over the top.
Above all else I will remember what this film means to me personally. It was a rare sunny
day (my fellow Oregonians will appreciate the understatement.) My mother and I, refusing
to worship the sun decided to take in a movie. This was that movie, it is a rare gem that
manages to be genuinely heartwarming, without being sugary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD
We always hear about "chickflicks" and such but never a similar type of movie for a man. Well this is one of those movies that is just that. It is a guy version of a chick flick and believe me, this movie has heart.

While most people have never heard of this movie, it is a touching story about a man who raises his Grandson and remains there for him throughout his life when he needs him.

This movie is about their relationship and the bond they share. The love that is shown but as a man would. While on the outside they might appear tough and gruff, it is in their actions and sacrifice that we see their true love shine.

The acting is just top notch as well as the script. It comes across as very real and authintic.

This is one of my personal all time favorite movies. It is real, it is touching, and no matter how many times I have seen it... I cry like a baby at the end.

I would recomend this movie to anybody but especially men who had a father or grandfather that was very close to them. The best "guyflick" ever.
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