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This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Meg Wolitzer (book), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Kavner ... Dottie Ingels
Samantha Mathis ... Erica Ingels
Gaby Hoffmann ... Opal Ingels
Carrie Fisher ... Claudia Curtis
Dan Aykroyd ... Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson ... Ed
Marita Geraghty ... Mia Jablon
Welker White ... Lynn
Caroline Aaron ... Martha Ingels
Kathy Najimy ... Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin Renée Lippin ... Arlene
Joy Behar ... Ruby
Estelle Harris ... Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Morris Chesler
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Storyline

Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two daughters, Erica and Opal, to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her agent, Arnold Moss, makes her famous, but while she travels all over the USA, the girls stay home lonely. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Before the tour, before the talk shows, she was our mom. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta es mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,440, 23 February 1992

Gross USA:

$2,922,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,922,094
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dan Aykroyd (Moss) and Carrie Fisher (Claudia) were a couple before she married Paul Simon. See more »

Quotes

Erica Ingels: What about the dots?
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "R" by the MPAA, the sex scene between the two teenagers was trimmed a bit to earn a "PG-13" rating. See more »

Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Love of My Life
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
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Just, no.
17 October 2008 | by JadnSee all my reviews

Mix every cliché known to cinema, add a dash of sub-par acting, and cringe every 7 seconds. Lather, rinse, repeat. The plot is weak, the characters are self centered, immature and dense. Also, completely static. The soundtrack... who decides on things like this? They should be banished. The moral of this story is something everyone over the age of six already knows, and at best it is just a simple reminder, nothing fantastic. You might as well watch the hallmark channel. Its only saving point was getting to hear Marge Simpson the entire time, and afterward you will want to drown this movie with the first six seasons. Everything, literally everything, ends unresolved as the movie comes to a close. The climax, breakdown, and ending happen in the last ten minutes of film. Boring, unnecessary secondary characters fall off without a trace after they serve the bleak purpose of providing a few one liners a crap screenplay writer couldn't fit into the actual premise otherwise. The budget was small to begin with, and when the money ran out, everyone threw their hands up in the air and threw together a few sure-fire movie tactics for endings, and the happiness of its last few scenes temporarily overshadow the hour and a half crapfest, and if your lucky, those feelings may just last long enough to make you forget about it.


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