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Genres: Romance , Comedy , Drama
Actors: Shirley MacLaine , Debra Winger , Jack Nicholson , Danny DeVito , Jeff Daniels , John Lithgow , Lisa Hart Carroll , Betty King , Huckleberry Fox , Troy Bishop , Shane Serwin , Megan Morris , Tara Yeakey , Norman Bennett , Jennifer Josey
Director: James L. Brooks
Country: United States
Year: 1983
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 (25218 votes)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma’s marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora’s interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways.

Film Review

James L. Brooks has a gift for creating romantic comedies filled with awkward, and sometimes depressing, moments. Terms of Endearment is filled with both. Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) is a stubborn widow living in Houston, Texas with her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger). When not working in her garden, Aurora is either fighting off would be suitors (one of which is played excellently by Danny DeVito), fighting with Emma, or putting down Emma's husband, Flap (Jeff Daniels). Next door is Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson), an alcoholic, womanizing, astronaut.Eventually Emma, Flap and their son, move to Iowa so Flap can get a teaching job. While there, several things happen, Emma and Flap have two more children, Flap begins an affair with a student, and Emma begins an affair with Sam (John Lithgow), a friendly banker. After a few years, Flap is offered a job as head of the English department at a school in Nebraska. So, the family uproots again and moves to Nebraska. Meanwhile, af…

This movie came out before I was born, but I finally caught it on TV last night and couldn't believe THIS won the Oscar!! I'm usually the biggest sap there is, I love sentimental movies but this movie made me HATE every character. Where is the development of the relationships between mother and daughter? We meet Aurora as a very overprotective, neurotic mother, and before we know it, the daughter is getting married to…someone. And the mother doesn't like him….why? Apparently, he's an unmotivated louse but the movie never lets us get to KNOW Flap. We see the couple become parents and struggle and fight, for some reason. i still don't know why i'm supposed to care about these people, but then we learn the husband is a cheater…maybe. So what does Emma do? Why, have her own affair, of course! Except, um, that relationship comes out of the blue as well. this guy pops out of nowhere and offers to pay for her groceries, and in the next scene she's goi…

What made this movie so likable was the fact that it was so human. Nothing in this movie, which includes character interaction, the plot and the emotions of the characters could have happened in real life. So, in a way, you can relate to these characters. Especially since they are played by the great Shirley MacLaine, the fantastic Jack Nicholson, and the surprisingly well done performance by Debra Winger. Widowed Aurora Greenway only has her daughter to clutch on since she has no one else. But, when her daughter moves away, Aurora has to learn to live life, and she is put to the test when she meets her boozy, womanizing astronaut neighbor, Garret Breedlove (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, Emma (Debra Winger) is having marital problems with husband Flap. Throughout several years, the Greenway family must come together once more when Emma is faced with a life threatening situation. MacLaine and Winger give honest, true perfromances. Nicholson is probably the standout in this cast. the role…

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