in about 100 words or less
US 132m, Colour
Director: James L. Brooks; Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow
A comedic drama turned tragic melodrama, Terms of Endearment is the story of Aurora and Emma, a mother and daughter whose relationship is strained after the daughter marries a man that she does not approve. This is an emotionally manipulative film with unlikable characters who spend a lot of time talking on the telephone. Following their rather unremarkable relationship over a thirty year period, they eventually are brought together by way of a terminal disease in this contrived and overrated Oscar winner (Klaus Ming April 2016).