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Terms of Endearment 
Terms of Endearment review
3.5/4 stars

An interesting story about relationships and friendships. Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma Greenway Horton (Debra Winger) have a close mother-daughter relationship. Emma marries college professor Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) and bear 3 children, Tommy, Teddy and Melanie. Emma enters into an affair with banker Sam Burns (John Lithgow) while Flap is enamored with Janice. Aurora gets close with obnoxious neighbor astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson).

The performances were spectacular, especially from MacLaine. The score was endearing and timely, direction superb and screenplay so realistic. It may have more drama and less humor compared to the director's works, it was still entertaining. Best lines: Emma - "That's because you're never satisfied with me." "And you're gonna realize that you love me. And maybe you're gonna feel badly, because you never told me. But don't - I know that you love me. So don't ever do that to yourself, all right?" Aurora - "Gorgeous isn't everything." Terms of Endearment is one of the believable drama's produced, recognized and awarded. Mother's and daughters who have conflicts will immensely enjoy this. A picture that also emphasizes on the importance of raising a child, peer pressures, infidelity and value of family.


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