After a middle-aged couple divorces, they must each enter the frightening but funny world of blind dates and new relationships.

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Steve Giardino
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Mel Arons
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Kay Hutton
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Doc
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After a middle-aged couple divorces, they must each enter the frightening but funny world of blind dates and new relationships.

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25 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Alan Alda's A New Life  »

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$7,721,851 (USA)
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Fourth of six collaborations of actor Alan Alda and producer Martin Bregman. See more »

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Steve Giardino: You're a very shallow person, do you know that?
Mel Arons: What, having some woman make fried bread for you is deep?
Steve Giardino: Ah, damn it, I'm not happy. I want to get happy.
Mel Arons: What are you making such a big deal about happiness for? Look at me. I trade all day against guys who would cut my heart out of an eighth. I drink too much, I eat rich food, I make love to women half my age. You think I'm happy?
[big smile]
Mel Arons: That's the advantage of being shallow.
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Written and Produced by Michael Watson, Michael Jay
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Terribly trite, despite some good actors
16 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Alan Alda worked himself away from the popular TV series "M*A*S*H" cautiously and nimbly, first as an actor in "Same Time, Next Year" and "California Suite", then as an actor-writer with "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" and eventually with his smoothest film to date, "The Four Seasons", where he was writer, director and star. 1988's "A New Life" seems to take him right back to television, with a sitcom script and one-dimensional characters. Alda and Ann-Margret are New York marrieds who decide to divorce and seek out other partners, finding themselves out of step with the modern singles-scene. Ann-Margret (sporting a big poof 'do that was way too big even for the '80's) is an attractive presence, and it seems natural for her to be drawn to John Shea (who could be Alda's younger brother), but the other players look lost in their roles, and Alda as a writer has only obvious points to make. It's all a comedic sham; plastic, unrealistic and relentlessly mediocre. *1/2 from ****


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