That Old Feeling (film)

That Old Feeling is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Carl Reiner, his final film as director before his death in 2020. It stars Bette Midler and Dennis Farina.

That Old Feeling
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Directed byCarl Reiner
Produced byTom Joyner
Bonnie Bruckheimer
Leslie Dixon
Written byLeslie Dixon
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographySteve Mason
Edited byRichard Halsey
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 4, 1997 (1997-04-04)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$16,574,176


Molly de Mora (Paula Marshall) invites her divorced parents (Bette Midler and Dennis Farina) to her wedding, where they see each other for the first time in 14 years. During the reception a shouting match between the two ensues. Following this, their spark is rekindled. Over the next few days they fall in love again and run off together, thereby upsetting the newlyweds' honeymoon and their respective (current) spouses. If the scandal was made public it would be more controversial than usual, since the bride's husband hopes to stand for election to Congress. After searching for her parents and getting to know Joey Donna (Danny Nucci), her mother's number one paparazzi nicknamed "The Cockroach", whom she hires to help her find them, Molly decides that her parents deserve a chance to be together and gives them her honeymoon to Hawaii. When Keith objects to her decision, it is revealed that he slept with her stepmother. Knowing now that her marriage was a mistake, Molly runs off with Joey as her parents run off to Hawaii.



That Old Feeling met with mixed reviews from critics, with a 43% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however 60% of fans like it.[1] The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $5.1 million USD in its opening weekend. Lawrence Van Gelder gave the film a positive review in The New York Times, calling it a "raucous, high-spirited romantic comedy, which zips along under the direction of Carl Reiner, working from a script by the sharp-witted Leslie Dixon."[2]

In January 1998, it was included on Siskel and Ebert's "Worst Films of 1997" episode.[3]


  1. ^ "That Old Feeling". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ "That Old Feeling (1997) Mom and Dad Getting Together Again? Stop Them!" Lawrence van Gelder, The New York Times, April 4, 1997
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger; Siskel, Gene (17 January 1998). "The Worst Films of 1997". Buena Vista Television.

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