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Only When I Laugh (1981)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 September 1981 (USA)
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »

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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while staying off the booze. Written by Ed Lorusso

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23 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh  »

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As customary for most of the filmed versions of his plays, playwright 'Neil Simon' penned the screenplay for this movie based on his "The Gingerbread Lady" play. See more »

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In one of the opening scenes when Marsha Mason's character is leaving the "Betty Ford Clinic" of the time, there is an employee, Sandy, who passes her by the stairs says good-bye but addresses her as Mrs. Simon instead Mrs. Hines the character's real name. See more »

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Toby: [as kids beat on her car] God damn them! Why do you live in this neighborhood? Why don't you move?
Georgia: Because, it only costs me $300 a month. It's a sublet from Mary Todd Lincoln.
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from "DAMN YANKEES"
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
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Great Film
8 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great Film, not only is it a fast moving film, but it also shows how alcohol can ruin someone's life and what effects it will have not only on themselves but also on those around her. It has a great mother daughter relationship that is being tested from the beginning of the movie. This movie also shows the support of her good friends and how much they are will to put up with! This movie was ahead of it time for when it came out in the early 80's and touched on a lot of subjects that were not discussed even for 1981!! Marsha Mason plays a woman with a drinking problem, has a gay best friend and a friend who is obsessed with her looks, she is divorced and she is not the parent who raised her daughter because of her alcohol problems. Kristy McNichol plays the daughter who really only wants her mother to notice her and pay attention to her.

Yes, it maybe somewhat similar to The Goodbye Girl but there are some major differences. It also has great story and moves along fast, is funny, and at one point you really do not like Marsha Mason character, which is what a good movie does!!! But this is a movie you need to see for yourself and make your mind up!!


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