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Life Is Sweet (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | December 1991 (USA)
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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Storyline

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

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December 1991 (USA)  »

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$1,516,414 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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On-screen twins Jane Horrocks and Claire Skinner were, appropriately enough, born in the same year (1964), though roughly ten months apart. See more »

Quotes

Patsy: [in a pub after a few beers] far as I'm concerned, football died, the day Arsenal won the double.
Andy: that's right. yeah
Patsy: what was they, workhorses.
Andy: boring buggers hey.
Patsy: well the spurs double team, they was artists.
Andy: they was artists.
Patsy: 21 quid a week they got, can you imagine. what do they get today, millions.
Andy: and they got their backhanders on top of that ain't they.
Patsy: poncing round the penalty area with their handbags.
Andy: primadonnas
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I know these people
10 May 2003 | by (Selby, England) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer has commented that this could be a fly-on-the-wall documentary rather than fiction. That hits the nail right on the head. I live some 5 miles from Enfield (where Life is Sweet was filmed) and this is completely true to life. No car chases, no martial artists, no expensive explosions, just life going on and (in the main) being fairly sweet. Everybody knows a Patsy who has a "little deal", everybody knows families like this one, everybody knows an Aubrey who never *quite* makes it. Mike Leigh knows what he's talking about, and it's enough to make a highly enjoyable movie that's worth seeing many times. I don't fancy Aubrey's "Saveloy on a bed of Lychees", though!


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