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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
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David Kessler
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Phil Hanner
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Kim Marriner ...
Reporter
Wendy Gordon ...
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Ken Gale ...
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Deborah Cody ...
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Steven K. Miller ...
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Annie Meyers-Shyer ...
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Lauren Hartman ...
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Alan Sluiser
Larry Marko ...
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Storyline

Albert and Lucy fall in love, get married, and have a daughter Casey. Everything is wonderful, till success in business distract Albert and Lucy from each other and Casey. They soon divorce and start fighting so Casey beats sues to divorce her parents, to go live with the maid who has been taking care of her. Themedia has a field day, which is only making things worse. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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It took a divorce to bring them all together. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Diferencias irreconciliables  »

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$12,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The expensive flop musical that the Ryan O'Neal's character makes as a vehicle for Sharon Stone's character is a thinly veiled reference to At Long Last Love (1975), the expensive flop musical that Peter Bogdanovich made as a vehicle for Cybill Shepherd. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Van Patten Brodsky: That bimbo stole my husband! They drank their lover's wine in glasses I stood in line to buy!
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Soundtracks

You And Me (We Wanted It All)
Written by Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Outstanding love story
31 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irreconcilable Differences is one of the best movies of the 80s and quite possibly the most underrated love story ever made. For whatever reason, audiences chose to ignore this well-written and well-acted gem in 1984. I think it may have been due to the marketing campaign -- they tried to sell it as a cutesy gimmick movie where a precocious child "divorces" her parents. But that isn't what this movie is about at all. This movie is able to provide strong commentary about failed relationships, especially when egos, power, and greed substitute for the things that should really matter in a person's life. In addition, it creates a viable love story that doesn't resort to typical Hollywood formulas when it creates the conflicts that may or may not separate these two people who we know belong with each other. We the audience get to see them actually fall in love on the screen before our very eyes. You would think this should be fairly standard, but how many movies can you recall (especially recently) that you can say that about? This is done through great acting, writing, and directing. Notice how Shelley Long's voice changes over the years as she goes through the various changes in her life. Watch Ryan O'Neal's eyes toward the end as you can actually see an inner peace that he never had earlier.

These are just a few of the great things I loved about this great, heartwarming, and underappreciated film. If you want a great love story with some very good comic and dramatic moments as well, rent this movie! You won't regret it.


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