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Leaving Normal (1992)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 1992 (USA)
For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent ... See full summary »

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Leon
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For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent marriage to Curtis Johnson, which brought her to Normal, Wyoming. However, she has an optimistic view of life, always believing that each decision she makes will be the right one. She is a linear thinker and despite being bright in this regard, she has no life or job skills, never having had a paying job besides a short stint in the army where she met Curtis. Conversely, thirty-eight year old Darly Peters wears her failures openly on her sleeve, she bulldozing her way through life. Currently a cocktail waitress in Normal, waitressing which dominates her resumé, Darly receives news that her ex-husband, who she left eighteen years ago, has died and has deeded the house which they were building at the time in remote Palmer Valley, Alaska to her. She believes this house will be the first time in her life... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes the only way to find where you're going is to lose your way

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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$1,514,114 (USA)
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Although the complete song itself is not played in the movie, the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby and the Range's "The Show Goes On" is used. See more »

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The geography of their trip north from Portland is mixed up. We see them in the red truck with Leon and Harry, at Britannia Beach, some 70 miles into Canada. (The give-away is the mining building behind them, which is distinctively Britannia Beach, BC.) Later, with 66, they are south of Seattle, deciding where to enter Canada. Then they are obviously in White Rock, BC, again looking at a map to choose their route into Canada. (White Rock is just across the border, in Canada, and 70 miles south of Britannia Beach.) See more »

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Darly: Adios, shithole!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Changing Partners
Written by Joe Darion & Larry Coleman
Performed by The Tumbleweed Band
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Leaving Normal-- unexpectedly good
19 June 2000 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie. When I saw the cover in a local video rental, I thought it would be a cheezy Thelma & Louise knock-off. I was wrong.

I was impressed by the performances of Lahti and Tilly. While a bit odd and quirky, the characters were also real. Both women annoyed me at times but I could also feel sympathy for them. Some parts of the movie were kind of dreamy and surreal, which gave the film more character. The wilderness backdrops were breathtaking. I laughed my butt off on several occasions.

In all, this was a really cool movie. It's not for all tastes but I think it's worth viewing.


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