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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Written by Lisa Todorovich

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,314,289 (USA)
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The picture features four members of the Streep family they being Mamie Gummer, Mary Streep, Dana Streep and Meryl Streep. See more »

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When Rachel begins a tape recording of her life with the baby, she identifies herself as "Rachel Samstat". There is no reason for her to use her maiden name, and in the rest of the movie she uses her married name. See more »

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Mark Forman: What the fuck was that?
Rachel Samstat: He has cancer.
Mark Forman: Bullshit.
Rachel Samstat: Mark.
Mark Forman: It's bullshit!
Rachel Samstat: People don't lie about things like that.
Mark Forman: Contractors lie about everything. What'd he say, "I have cancer"?
Rachel Samstat: Exactly.
Mark Forman: Well, he probable meant that "he" has cancer.
Rachel Samstat: Who?
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References Mephisto (1981) See more »

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Written by Jaromir Vejvoda, Wladimir A. Timm (as W.A. Time) and Lew Brown
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Doesn't go down too easy...
13 July 2011 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

I was expecting more of a drama than a comedy. Watching someone's life fall apart just isn't that funny. The only way you can really get any humour out of this is if the behaviour becomes too exaggerated, in a War of the Roses style... So the material was a bit of an uneasy blend, but having said that, Meryl and Jack are both such fine actors that the insight you get into pain from their faces alone is enough to compensate for some anaemic writing.

It's worth watching to see how two talented people take something ordinary and make a little bit of gold from it.

There is a flavour of bitterness here that Ephron has since tossed away for more commercial and uplifting formula. When working with performers who find themselves more at home in a light and breezy milieu, perhaps Ephron was wise to make the change. The two actors make this what it is.


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