Memories of Me

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"Abbie Polin never told anyone the terrible secret about his father... he's alive and well and living in Hollywood."
  • PG-13
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.6  (1,213)
  • 54

Memories of Me is a 1988 film that tells a heartfelt story of a father and son's journey towards reconciliation. The film stars Billy Crystal, Alan King, and JoBeth Williams and was directed by Henry Winkler. The film follows the life of Abbie Polin (Crystal), a successful New York surgeon. Although he is a successful doctor, Abbie is still haunted by the absence of his father and the lack of a meaningful relationship between father and son. In an attempt to rekindle a relationship with his father, Abbie visits Hollywood in search of his estranged father, Max (King), a former film producer, and actor, who now lives in a retirement home.

The reunion between father and son does not go smoothly, with Max initially feeling hesitant about reconnecting with his estranged son. However, as the two begin to bond over shared memories, Max reveals to Abbie a secret from their past that sends them both into a journey of self-discovery and understanding.

As Abbie becomes involved in Max's life and befriends a kind-hearted nurse named Lisa (Williams), he begins to discover the reasons his father has been estranged for so long. Max had once promised Abbie's mother that he would give up his career in the film industry and settle down as a responsible father, but Max had failed to deliver on his promise, leaving the family without support.

In the film, Max and Abbie learn to let go of their past grievances and begin to strengthen their relationship while creating new memories. Through their journey, they both learn to accept each other’s judgments and realize that although they have made mistakes in the past, their love in the present is the most important thing.

Memories of Me is a poignant film, skillfully directed by Henry Winkler. The film combines elements of humor and drama to create a delicate balance that explores complex, familial relationships. The ensemble cast is excellent, with Billy Crystal and Alan King delivering outstanding performances that capture the emotional depth and complexities of their characters. JoBeth Williams' performance as Lisa adds a touching layer to the film's already emotional arc.

The film has an outstanding soundtrack featuring some of the most popular songs of the era, including “Stardust,” “As Time Goes By,” and “Moon River.” The music adds to the film’s overall warmth and sentimentality.

Overall, Memories of Me is a heartwarming tale of reconciliation and forgiveness that deals with the real-life issues prevalent in many family relationships. It portrays the difficulties of reconciling with a parent after a history of pain and hurt, showing that it is possible to reconnect, find common ground and move forward cooperatively. The film is a must-watch for anyone who values the importance of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and the significance of family values.

Memories of Me is a 1988 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 54.

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  • Release Date
    1988
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 45 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.6  (1,213)
  • Metascore
    54