Love After Death

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Romance

How much you enjoy this made-for-television mellow drama depends on the depth of your affection for reunited co-stars Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett, who starred together in THE FRONT PAGE, PETE 'N' TILLIE and other films. Queens, New York: After many years of marital contentment, newly widowed Frank Walsh (Walter Matthau) is having tough time adjusting...read more

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How much you enjoy this made-for-television mellow drama depends on the depth of your affection for reunited co-stars Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett, who starred together in THE FRONT PAGE, PETE 'N' TILLIE and other films. Queens, New York: After many years of marital contentment, newly widowed Frank Walsh (Walter Matthau) is having tough time adjusting to being on his own. Two of his sons (Kevin Frank, Michael McMurtry) live nearby but are too preoccupied with their own unfulfilling marriages to visit; the third, Robert (John Stamos), a successful accountant who plays the field, checks up on his pop regularly. Though Robert tries to encourage his father to enjoy life, he himself is emotionally blocked, unable to reconcile his brothers' unsatisfying marriages with his parents' long-term connubial bliss. When Wisconsin-bred Susan Prescot (Teri Polo) is temporarily transferred to Robert's Big Apple firm, he woos her — but only up to a point. Frank, meanwhile, meets a vivacious widow named Florence (Carol Burnett), and embarks on a satisfying new relation that Robert perceives as dishonoring his mother's memory; he asks Frank to postpone remarriage. Granted, Florence's taste is questionable (she genuinely likes clown paintings), but her sincerity isn't. As Florence fights an uphill battle for Walsh family acceptance, Teri grows tired of Robert's relationship jitters and returns to Wisconsin. For a brief time, Robert's fearfulness rubs off on his dad, but Frank untimately follows his heart and finds love the second time around. When Susan moves to New York permanently, Robert invites her to his father's wedding — but now she's gun shy, given Robert's history of getting close and then getting cold feet. Will Robert ever learn how to handle his anxiety about the pitfalls of marriage? In the sudsy tradition of ON GOLDEN POND, this late-life romantic drama doesn't cut too deep. But even if the Frank's acceptance that life goes on and love is always worth pursuing dovetails too neatly with Robert's commitment-phobia, the expert cast invests the predictable confrontations with genuine heart and soul into.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: How much you enjoy this made-for-television mellow drama depends on the depth of your affection for reunited co-stars Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett, who starred together in THE FRONT PAGE, PETE 'N' TILLIE and other films. Queens, New York: After many… (more)

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