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Leaving Normal (1992)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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29 April 1992 (USA)  »

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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 crossings from Washington State into Canada are all well-developed highways; but we see them entering Canada on a narrow road with no center line. See more »

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Marianne Johnson: Well, at least it would have been nice to say "Goodbye".
Darly: Nah. You've got your whole life ahead of you. There will be a million others you can say "Goodbye" to.
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References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

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Changing Partners
Written by Joe Darion & Larry Coleman
Performed by The Tumbleweed Band
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Normal...not just a (fictitious) town in Wyoming
3 August 1999 | by (Minneapolis, MN USA) – See all my reviews

No, there is no such place as Normal, Wyoming...except maybe on a psychological landscape. Leaving Normal is the story of an unusual journey and friendship. Meg Tilly as Marianne Johnson is a wide-eyed naif who has never made a good decision in her rambling life. Christine Lahti (now seen on ER) is a cynical cocktail waitress whose choices haven't been much better; together the two somehow cobble a relationship that enriches both, as well as some oddball others. They travel to Alaska, where each finally has the room she needs to build a life. You will probably find this movie in the comedy section of your video store, but it doesn't really belong there, even though some of the dialogue is HILARIOUS. Some nice cinematography, particularly the 4th of July scenes and the aurora borealis. The coffee mug motif is pretty cool, too. Will appeal to anyone who liked Thelma & Louise or Fried Green Tomatoes but wished the heroines of these would have been alive at the end. See it!


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