Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Darling Lili (1970)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During a Caribbean holiday, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian agent.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle
Duet for One (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Julie Andrews, Alan Bates, Max von Sydow
Star! (1968)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas
S.O.B. (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore
Victor/Victoria (TV Movie 1995)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A woman pretending to be a man impersonating a woman.

Directors: Matthew Diamond, Blake Edwards, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Julie Andrews, Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Bernstein
Stars: Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis
Hawaii (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
One Special Night (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Robert, a general contractor, is visiting his ailing wife in a nursing home. When it's time for him to leave, he has problems getting a taxi home, because of an intense snow storm. ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Holly Parrish
...
Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards ...
Megan Fairchild Bartlet
...
Steve Larwin (as Rob Knepper)
...
Larry Bartlet
...
Josh Fairchild
...
Janice Kern
...
Fanny Ward
Emma Walton ...
Kate Fairchild
...
Madame Carrie
Teddy Wilson ...
Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
Nicky Blair ...
Andre
Jordan Christopher ...
Dr. Keith Romanis
Edit

Storyline

Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives are further complicated by their three grown children, a ditsy neighbor, a fortune teller, and an alcoholic priest. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' That's Life!  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$4,079,895 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was filmed around late September, October and November 1985. See more »

Goofs

Microphone shadow visible during party scene in the tent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

LIFE IN A LOOKING GLASS
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of CBS Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Self-absorbed melodrama from Edwards
29 October 2004 | by (Blauvelt, NY) – See all my reviews

"That's Life" is supposed to be a story about a man just on the other side of a middle age crisis on his way to a breakdown. It stars Jack Lemmon who plays middle aged men on their way to a breakdown better than anyone. Julie Andrews is his loving, supportive wife, who is going through a crisis of her own. Directed by Blake Edwards, I thought this movie had real potential and couldn't wait to get to the theatre to see it.

It turned out to be a painfully dull family reunion picture for the Lemmon's and Edwards'. Populated with many of the stars actual children, "That's Life" feels as though you are seeing some type of home movie. Thanks, but I'll stick with my own.

It's hard to feel compassion or sympathy with Harvey Fairchild (Lemmon), when he has a beautiful house, beautiful family that loves him, fancy suits, three martini lunches... you get the picture. But Harvey is helplessly self-centered. Oblivious to all going on around him. He cannot even be happy at the prospect of being a grandparent. Nor does he pick up the signals that his wife may be sick.

Watching Lemmon, I thought that his performance was a cross of "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Save the Tiger". It's all been done before. He is certainly not helped with a lame script by Edwards.

The only saving grace in this movie is Julie Andrews. Stoic, strong, and courageous in the face of her own problems, as well as having to be strong for Harvey. Her performance is the only well-rounded, realistic one in the film.

As for the other members of the Edwards and Lemmon families, the less said the better.

4 out of 10


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss That's Life! (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?