Opened: December 9, 1983
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, Lisa Hart Carroll & John Lithgow
Focusing on a strong mother-daughter relationship, Terms of Endearment is an emotional rollercoaster that’s terrifically acted by an all-star ensemble cast.
Over the course of 30 years, widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) raises her daughter Emma (Debra Winger). She disapproves of Emma’s husband Flap (Jeff Daniels), but puts up with him. She also finds new romance in her next-door neighbor Garrett (Jack Nicholson).
MacLaine and Winger have great back-and-forth banter that feels like a real family relationship. Both of their characters have numerous flaws and you’ll dislike them both throughout, but they’ll have you in tears.
Everything about this film feels honest. Emma and Flap go through ups and downs throughout their marriage and hold secrets from each other, but there’s a strong love that viewers will hold onto.
Final say: A great movie you won’t want to watch again. ★★★★☆