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Life Is Sweet (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | December 1991 (USA)
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A waitress, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.



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Complete credited cast:
Nicola's Lover
Moya Brady ...
Paul Trussell ...
Chef (as Paul Trussel)
Jack Thorpe-Baker ...
Nigel (as Jack Thorpe Baker)


Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. How they interact and play out family conflict and love is the film's subject. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida é Doce  »

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Box Office


$1,516,414 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Thewlis was disappointed at being given such a small role, so Mike Leigh promised him that the next time he considered Thewlis for a role in a film, "he'd be given a fair slice of the pie." Thewlis would be cast as the lead in Leigh's next film Naked (1993), and win an award for his performance. See more »


Wendy: [to Nicola] We don't hate you! We bloody love you, you stupid girl!
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sublime - but qualification criteria may well apply
4 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just one of those films that is subjectively sublime. Honestly portrayed people just doing stuff and some of it going wrong and some of it going OK. Not sneering but celebrating a certain way of life, and so becoming a celebration of all our lives - maybe this borders into objectivity?

Funny and joyful - with what could pass as tragedy, but still funny. Plenty of the inter-personal stuff that is so often missed in pursuit of consensus cinema. The actors just appear like people that are just there - not acting but just doing things.

Reminded me of crying with laughter after getting caught putting dog-dirt (maybe not familiar with that term?) in my Grandad's petrol tank on the estate - kind of thing - like I say - subjective.

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