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Meg Ryan plays Eve, a middle sister who seems to handle all the family's problems by herself. (Her mother, long divorced from Eve's father, wants nothing to do with her ex-husband or her daughters; Eve's two sisters, Georgia (Diane Keaton) and Madelyn (Lisa Kudrow) are too busy to help (or so they say).
The latest problem is that Eve's father (Walter Matthau) has suffered a stroke, and may be dying. Eve visits him at the hospital while her sisters are busy with their lives; she resents them for letting her do all the work.
Hanging Up has some laughable moments, yet I was hoping for more comedy and less crying. Hanging Up features some great actors who portray their various roles admirably, but most of the characters lacked depth. Actually, my favorite character was Madelyn's big dog, who makes a mess of Eve's house.
Hanging Up is heavy on the blubbery emotional scenes, and it will definitely be more interesting to women than men. (It's what you'd call a chick flick and will be more interesting to people with siblings.)
If you're looking for a really uproarious comedy, there are better bets than Hanging Up. But if you're looking for a sappy and rather predictable family story, you'll sink back and enjoy Hanging Up.