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Max Dugan Returns

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What's it About

Nora McPhee (Mason) is an inner-city English teacher and single mother struggling to make ends meet with her teenage son, Michael (Broderick). After her car is stolen, she meets cop Brian Costello (Sutherland), who asks her out on a date. Just when things are looking up in her personal life, Nora's estranged and shady father Max (Robards) shows up with a suspicious satchel of loot, and turns her life upside down.

Why we love it

Neil Simon's light, charming tale about an elderly ex-con trying to make amends with his daughter and grandson is a fun, heartwarming affair under Herbert Ross's able direction. Mason and Robards have a playful rapport, Sutherland is perfectly cast as the smitten detective who suspects Nora is hiding something, and Broderick (in his screen debut) is as hilariously quirky and wide-eyed as his future alter ego, Ferris Bueller. A kooky farce with a big heart, "Max Dugan Returns" may not change your life, but its rags-to-riches concept is pure comic delight.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"