Nothing In Common

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1986


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Garry Marshall
Nothing In Common is a comedy-drama released in 1986 and directed by Garry Marshall. David Basner (Tom Hanks) is a successful advertising executive who has everything going for him. He is happy, wealthy, easily attracts the opposite sex and working toward a big promotion for his job. His perfect world suddenly starts to come apart when his parents Max (Jackie Gleason) and Lorraine (Eva Marie Saint) suddenly announce they are getting divorced. Lorraine seems to be happy with her decision to leave her husband, but is co-dependent on David to help her make new life decisions. Max is dependent on David to take care for him now that Lorraine has left him. This sudden co-dependence is uncomfortable for David. The uncomfortable relationship is made worse by Max's terrible demeanor. Max is recently unemployed, stubborn and very secretive. As David struggles to manage his crumbling family his personal life declines as well.


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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Professionalism is both Nothing in Common's greatest strength and its greatest limitation. It's a very finely crafted piece, a product of hard work and careful consideration, yet n...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I realize that Nothing in Common wants to surprise us by inserting tragedy in the midst of laughter, but the problem is, the serious parts of this movie are so much more interestin...

  • 60

    The New York Times

    As long as the story stays with David's wooing of the big Colonial Airlines account and the company president's tough-minded daughter (Sela Ward), a good time is to be had. But in ...

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Comedy, Drama