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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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Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
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David Kessler
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Phil Hanner
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Kim Marriner ...
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Wendy Gordon ...
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Ken Gale ...
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Deborah Cody ...
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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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Peter Bogdanovich has said in interviews that this movie is "terrible", as it makes he and Cybill Shepherd out to be the villains and presents Polly Platt as the victim in a very one-sided manner. It is ironic that Ryan O'Neal, who is a veteran of several Bogdanovich productions, is playing the Bogdanovich character. It is also ironic that O'Neal's daughter in the movie accuses him of being neglectful, since O'Neal's real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal also accused him of being neglectful. See more »

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Casey Brodsky: I'm just a kid, and I don't know what I'm doing sometimes. But I think you should know better when you're all grown up. I think you should know how to act, and how to treat people. And I think if you once loved someone enough to marry them, you should at least be nice to them, even if you don't love 'em any more. And I think if you have a child, you should treat that child like a human being and not like a pet. Not like you treat your dog or somethin'. You know, when you have a dog sometimes ...
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References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Written by Jerry Belson and Harvey Miller,
Performed by Sharon Stone
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A good look at family vs. career.
15 March 1999 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

Ryan O'Neal and Shelley Long are perfectly matched in this movie about a couple in a marriage that falls apart due to family vs. career. An eight year old Drew Barrymore is very impressive as a child who attempts to divorce her parents because they neglect her. Thrown in for good measure is an intrepid look at the movie business and an early vixen like performance from Sharon Stone as the home wrecker.

This film is very balanced in its look at all the subjects involved. A very under rated movie that contains some acute observations about life's priorities (or lack of them).


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