The film tells the story of Jon Aldrich (Tom Selleck), a successful stockbroker who is living a good life with a wife and kids until he comes across his elderly father who has major dementia and, as a result of it, wreaks all kinds of havoc on his life including his own, which among all of them involves accidentally burning down his own house.
Jon tries to get his sister, Arlene (Christine Ebersole) (who has two sons of her own but is an irresponsible gold digger), to take care of their parents, but she won’t even open the door. As a result, his father, Harry (Don Ameche), and his mother, Mildred (Anne Jackson), have to move in with him and his family. That is the moment that his good life starts going downhill.
The company Jon works for was apparently doing illegal things which he knew nothing of, but no one believes him therefore he loses his job. The problems for him continue to mount up as Harry continues to cause all kinds of trouble and, as a result of it, the family becomes broke. His wife, Audrey (Wendy Crewson), moves out with the kids, and they lose everything except their apartment.
Furthermore, as a result of his severe senility, Harry continues to unintentionally injure Jon, causing him to get hearing loss, a broken hand, and a broken foot when a car runs over it. He also loses a testicle. Plus, Harry puts the lives of Jon’s kids and himself in danger at one point by jaywalking in an intersection one morning while trying to take them for a walk with him without letting anyone know.
Folks! is a 1992 American comedy-drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Tom Selleck, Don Ameche, Anne Jackson, Wendy Crewson, Christine Ebersole, Robert Pastorelli, Kevin Chevalia, Maggie Murphy, Joseph Miller and Doris Carey. Its tagline is: “Jon Aldrich is about to come face to face with the most terrifying force known to man…his parents.” It earned a Razzie Award nomination for Selleck as Worst Actor.
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Tom Selleck, Don Ameche, Anne Jackson, Wendy Crewson, Christine Ebersole, Robert Pastorelli, Kevin Chevalia, Maggie Murphy, Joseph Miller, Doris Carey
Screenplay by: Robert Klane
Production Design by: William J. Creber
Cinematography by: Larry Pizer
Film Editing by: Joan E. Chapman
Costume Design by: Jay Hurley
Set Decoration by: Jean Alan, Scott Jacobson
Music by: Michel Colombier
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 1, 1992