The movie Hanging Up was based on the book Hanging Up.
Movie details for Hanging Up
Actors on this movie include Lisa Kudrow, Meg Ryan, Adam Arkin, Ann Bortolotti, R.A. Buck, Maree Cheatham, Myndy Crist, Shaun Duke, Libby Hudson, Stephanie Ittelson, Jesse James, Bob Kirsh, Cloris Leachman, Phil Levesque, Walter Matthau, Edie McClurg, Tracee Ellis Ross, Venessia Valentino and Celia Weston.
In addition to directing, Keaton plays the eldest sister Georgia, a celebrity magazine editor, and Lisa Kudrow is kid sister Maddy, a soap-opera actress who's nearly as self-absorbed as Georgia. They leave it to Eve to care for their declining father (Walter Matthau), a retired screenwriter who slips in and out of lucidity and is, at best, a cantankerous curmudgeon whose estranged wife (Cloris Leachman) has long since severed all family ties. This is potent material--at least it could have been--and Ryan admirably struggles to hold the film together. But it's ultimately a losing battle as the movie, so full of cell phones and disconnected people (hence the title), becomes disconnected itself, offering hollow humor and a few memorable moments with characters whose problems are too minimal to worry about. --Jeff Shannon
Book details for Hanging Up
--Los Angeles Times
"WONDERFUL. . . Eve Mozell is having a lousy day, and she hasn't even gotten past breakfast yet. Her father, a senile ex-alcoholic whose idea of a good joke is goosing his woman doctor, started phoning Eve at 6 a.m. Her teenage son, who alternately ignores and lectures her, is off to a sťance. ('You know, Mom, all doors are entrances. Think about it.') And a quick glance in the mirror turns out to be a big mistake. Oh, God, is that my face? . . . I need a vacation. No. This is just me. Me at forty-four. . . . What a terrific debut."
"TRUE AND TOUCHING."
"Delia Ephron is blessed with the driest of wits, the tenderest of hearts, and an uncanny ear for the way people really talk. Do yourself a favor and curl up with Hanging Up--but unplug the phone first."
"MOVING AND FUNNY. . . In some ways, Hanging Up is a funhouse version of King Lear."
From the Trade Paperback edition.