Hanging Up

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Hanging Up
Theatrical poster
Directed by Diane Keaton
Produced by Nora Ephron
Laurence Mark
Written by Screenplay:
Delia Ephron
Nora Ephron
Delia Ephron
Starring Meg Ryan
Diane Keaton
Lisa Kudrow
Walter Matthau
Adam Arkin
Ann Bortolotti
Cloris Leachman
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Howard Atherton
Edited by Julie Monroe
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 18, 2000 (2000-02-18)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Box office $51,880,044

Hanging Up is a 2000 American comedy-drama film about a trio of sisters who bond over the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them were particularly close. This film features Diane Keaton (who also directed), Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow as the three sisters, and Walter Matthau (in his final film appearance) as the father. The film is based on 1995 Book of the same name by Delia Ephron.


Georgia Mozell, Eve Marks and Maddy Mozell are adult sisters. Georgia (Keaton) is the editor of her own wildly successful self-titled women’s magazine. She strives for publicity at any cost. Party planner Eve (Ryan) is the mother hen of the group, not only of her own family, but also of her siblings and father as their mother, Pat (Leachman), not only emotionally left their father when they divorced, but her daughters as well. And Maddy (Kudrow) is a vacuous soap opera actress who has always struggled for her own identity. Despite being as busy with her own life as the others, Eve is the only one of the three who deals with the long term hospitalization of their cantankerous seventy-nine-year-old father, Lou Mozell, when he enters the early stages of dementia, and the associated outcomes of that hospitalization. Eve’s caring for Lou is despite an especially hurtful incident with him seven years earlier. As the emotional aspect of looking after Lou becomes more and more stressful, Eve has to figure out how to maintain her own sanity, while dealing with her sisters, who believe they too are part of their father’s care while they don’t lift a finger to help.



Hanging Up was released in the United States on February 18, 2000, to relatively negative reviews. It made just over $15.7 million opening weekend, over the Presidents' Day weekend, opening at #2 behind The Whole Nine Yards. Hanging Up opened in 2,618 theatres at an average of exactly $6,000. It dropped out of the top 10 in its third week of release, and lasted eight weeks in domestic release. Domestically grossing $36,050,230 with an extra $15,829,814 (from worldwide audiences) brought its international total to $51,880,044. Hanging Up ultimately fell $9 million short of recouping its budget of $60 million.

Hanging Up has a 12% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus being, "Though the screenplay and the novel it's based on were both written by the same person, critics say Hanging Up is an unsuccessful adaptation. The acting is praised as solid, but is ultimately unable to save the film."[1]


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