Cinema: Role Reversal Nothing in Common

Directed by Garry Marshall Screenplay by Rick Podell and Michael Preminger

From parody to paradigm in less than two hours: it is a journey few movie heroes ever make. But then, few movies attempt to shift moods as radically as Nothing in Common does. Start with David Basner (Tom Hanks), prince of the yuppies, a man whose smooth rise in an ad agency is not allowed to interfere with his commitment to the uncommitted singles life. Then watch as his aged parents (Jackie Gleason and Eva Marie Saint) separate. The father loses his job and health just as the son is about to land a prize account. Now David must face the...

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