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4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Strange Relations tells the poignant story of a successful New York City psychiatrist, played marvelously by Paul Reiser, who is diagnosed with leukemia. He goes on a surprising journey to the UK in search of his birth mother, where he gets more than he

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  • Actors: Paul Reiser, Amber Sealey, Lachele Carl, George Wendt, Catherine Porter
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Writers: Tim Kazurinsky
  • Producers: Antony Root, Bob Mills, George Paaswell, Jeff Pope, Jennie Osborn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C2IQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Relations" on IMDb

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By A Customer on September 27, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Until two weeks ago, I had never heard of this movie. I began watching about a half hour into it the other day when I came across it on Showtime and remained planted until it was over. Brilliant display of real people underneath the pretensions and dysfunctions of cultural and class differences within a family. Paul Reiser was excellent in this movie, as were all of the lead characters. Although a drama, there are a lot of surprisingly funny moments in this film. A good watch.
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Paul Reiser plays a doctor that just found out he has blood cancer. Then he finds out his mother is not his biological mother but she lives in England. So he is off to meet her and the rest of the crazy family he is now related to. Only a great mind like Reiser could come-up with and act light and funny in what would be a serious solemn. You will enjoy and not be watching a tearjerker. You get to see his serious acting and his never ending funny side. This is one of my favorite movies!
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finally available on DVD, quality is good, though just a transfer from original VHS source. Still, a surprisingly unheralded drama about a NY pyschiatrist (Reiser) who, diagnosed with leukemia and in need of a bone marrow donor, goes in search of his biologial family in Liverpool upon learning he is adopted. Well acted, well written drama (though with a good dose of humor) and literally made me sob. Have watched it numerous times on tape and cable and it keeps sucking you in with the story and its endearing characters, especially a good Julie Walters (Educating Rita).
Can't go wrong with this purchase!
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I can't stress enough how good this programme is. I live in the UK and it's only been shown twice on TV and is not yet availabe on DVD or video here, but luckily i recorded it second time it was on, so i haven't had to cope without it.
The story is so sad, yet happy and amusing at the same time. I wish it didn't end how it does (i wont give it away), but apart from that, i can't fault it.
Julie Walters deserved her BAFTA, but the whole cast was incredible. Paul Reiser was hilarious and portrayed the characters emotions perfectly. And then, of course, there's Amy Robbins who shines in everything and can do no wrong.
If you haven't seen this yet, then stop whatever else you're doing and see it.
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This is the BEST movie! I had never heard of this movie until earlier this year when I caught it on cable. It pulled me right in and I watched it every time it came on. I've told everyone about this movie and looked several times on the internet to see if I could order it. I was thrilled when I found out that it was available and immediately ordered it. It was perfectly cast and totally believable. Being an adopted child myself, I also understood how Paul's character felt. This movie takes you on a wonderful emotional ride and you literaly become part of this family. Love, family, laughter and tears! It is definately a must see!
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I enjoy films with Julie Walters, this was a gem. Paul Riser was also great . Probably a shock to find out what you thought was your family history proved to be wrong.This being brought on by a tragedy in the making. No dead spots, the film moves quite well. All the characters really make this film move thru the phases of beginning, of reconciliation, and conclusion. The science maybe be a bit fuzzy, but this is another film that begs a sequel.
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NO WAY! How can such an AMAZING movie NOT have a proper ending?!?!? *gets extremely angry*

I seriously have to take a star away from the rating based on the ending. I almost never do that because I believe the quality of the writing is what matters most in a movie, but this is clearly an exception. You don't toy with viewers emotions and then leave them hanging like this. What were the writers thinking, seriously!?!? I want to know if the man lives or dies.

Anyway Strange Relations is a movie about a man played by Paul Reiser who's dying of leukemia. For a while he's falling asleep while talking to people (since he's a New York psychiatrist for a living) and he can't figure out why. His friend John Goodman... er no, George Wendt tries to offer help and support but Paul's too darn stubborn to listen to reason. It turns out after a doctor visit that he has terminal cancer. To not help matters at all, when he reveals to his impatient and always on-the-go mother that he has leukemia, she makes a bombshell announcement- he's not really her son! His REAL mother lives in England. What a double shot of terribleness. That would be enough to make me lose my marbles and punch a hole in a wall. Well the leukemia itself would be enough to make me punch a hole in a wall- the part about finding out that the woman who raised me for nearly 40 years wasn't really my mother would be devastating in a different life-changing kind of way.

Turns out Paul takes the trip to England to find his real birth mother. There's always that "What's going to happen!?" in these type of movies. You know, sometimes the mother doesn't want to believe her son finally came back to her all these years later and closes the door.
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