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Genres: Comedy , Drama
Actors: Peter Falk , D.B. Sweeney , Julianne Moore , Ellen Burstyn , Jan Rubes , Joyce Reehling , Ernie Sabella , John Cunningham , Noah Fleiss , Lisa Davis , Rohn Thomas , Karl Mackey , Reverend Zygmund Szarnicki , Lee McConnell , David Cutter
Director: Peter Yates
Country: United States
Year: 1995
IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 (1178 votes)

Michael Holeczak has a most unusual roommate, his grandfather, Rocky. Now Rocky’s a bit strange but loves Michael and only has his best interest. Michael would live with Rocky after his parents died. Michael would grow up go to school, become a doctor, Rocky would live alone abut when Rocky’s about to be thrown out and placed in a retirement home, he refuses. Michael then takes him in. They would stay together even when Michael got married and had a family. And Rocky would always be there for Michael and Michael for him.

Film Review

[CONTAINS SPOILERS] Our story begins in Pittsburgh, 1963. Five year old Michael Holzcek went to live with his grandfather Rocky. After all, he had lost his father in Vietnam and his mother died of an illness. Rocky was a feisty fifty year old, but loved his grandson. They went to baseball games together and Rocky taught Michael that fighting isn’t always a good idea–right after he beat up a bully for stealing Michael’s baseball. At night, Rocky’s snoring kept Michael awake; Rocky worked as a baker. He was the finest in town; Ten years later, Michael, now 15 and in a private school, was caught fighting with another boy; Rocky wanted Michael to become a baker like he, but Michael really wanted to be a doctor. And his dream was about to come true, for ten years later in 1983, Columbus, Ohio, Michael was an M.D. and he was administering to a feisty old lady patient, Cecilia. She had no family, but was brought in by a social worker, Beth. Before Michael and Beth could become more …

If your looking for a comedy you will be disappointed, however if you want a well acted, poignant drama with some funny lines, than this is worth your time. Peter Falk and D. B. Sweeney, are brilliant together. A sleeper that the critics missed. A word of warning, it is very sad and human.

Spoilers herein.Peter Yates is a competent director, very serious about delivering on the theatrical values. He only does well when the script is precise. And what we have here is a lesson in precision.This could only have been written by someone who teaches writing for a living; it relies on so many tricks of the popular pen that like Waller (`Bridges of Madison County’) and Sparks (`Message in a Bottle’) that you feel dirty and guilty afterward for having actually enjoyed that hot dog.Grandpa here is not the main character, instead the center is a big hole left by people who have died: first Dad, then Mom, then Wife. Swirling around that hole are vignettes whose only purpose is to sharpen the focus on its emptiness.The thing that works here is the amazing Julianne Moore, who enters and carries herself in a manner calculated to exit memorably. The previous year she reinvented layered acting with `Vanya’ and then dove into five films in a year. These five are all over the p…

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