The trailer for this week’s throwback Thursday is for James L. Brooks’s first feature film, multiple Academy Award winning “Terms of Endearment”, starring acclaimed actors Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, Jeff Daniels, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow, and Lisa Hart Carroll. Terms of Endearment, adapted from the book by Larry McMurtry, “covers three decades in the lives of widow Aurora Greenaway and her daughter Emma. Fiercely protected by Aurora throughout childhood, Emma runs into resistance from her mother when she marries wishy-washy college teacher Flap. Aurora is even more put out at the prospect of being a grandmother, though she grows a lot fonder of her three grand-kids than she does of her son-in-law. Flap proves that Aurora’s instincts were on target when he enters into an affair with a student. Meanwhile, Emma finds romantic consolation with an unhappily married banker. As for Aurora, she is ardently pursued by her next-door neighbor, boisterous astronaut Garrett Breedlove. After 75 minutes or so of pursuing an episodic, semi-comic plot-line, the film abruptly shifts moods when Emma discovers that she has terminal cancer.” Based on the general consensus from a slew of reviews courtesy of both pro critics and general audiences, Terms of Endearment isn’t just about the dysfunctional relationship between one fictional mother and daughter or the family and friends between them, but this film resonates with reality. Terms of Endearment will make you laugh and weep and maybe even learn to keep things in perspective, loving those around you just a lot more.
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