Watch Fred Won't Move Out
- 1 hr 14 min
In the movie Fred Won't Move Out, Elliott Gould plays Fred, an elderly man who has lived in his home for many years with his wife, Susie (played by Judith Roberts). Susie is suffering from dementia and Fred is her primary caregiver, but their children, Bob (Fred Melamed) and Carol (Stephanie Roth Haberle), are concerned about their parents' well-being and want to move them into assisted living.
Fred, however, refuses to leave his home and is determined to stay in the place where he has so many memories with his wife. The movie follows the family as they struggle with the decision to move their parents and the emotions that come with it.
The film takes place over the course of a weekend, as the family gathers at Fred and Susie's home to help them pack up their belongings. As Bob and Carol attempt to persuade their father to consider moving, tensions rise and old wounds resurface.
Fred Won't Move Out is a poignant exploration of family dynamics and the difficult decisions that come with aging. The film is shot in a naturalistic style, with long takes and minimal camera movement, giving the audience a sense of being a fly on the wall during these intimate family moments.
The cast delivers standout performances, with Elliott Gould in particular giving a nuanced portrayal of a man grappling with loss and the fear of the unknown. Judith Roberts is also excellent as Susie, capturing both the joy and confusion that come with dementia. Fred Melamed and Stephanie Roth Haberle round out the cast with strong performances as the conflicted siblings.
The movie's themes will resonate with anyone who has dealt with the decision to move a loved one into assisted living or nursing care. The film examines the difficulty of letting go of a home filled with memories and the pain of watching a loved one deteriorate due to illness.
Fred Won't Move Out is a film that asks tough questions about aging and family, and it does so with grace and sensitivity. It is a quiet, understated movie that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
Fred Won't Move Out is a 2012 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 14 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8 and a MetaScore of 60.