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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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Marianne
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Darly
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66
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Harry
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Leon
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Kurt
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Emily
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Rich
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Marshall
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Sarah
Ken Angel ...
Nuqaq
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Clyde
Barbara Russell ...
Izuzu Mother
Ahnee Boyce ...
Izuzu Judy
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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 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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Sarah: Cigarettes are bad!
Darly: No Sarah, cigarettes are good, and when you grow up, you should smoke... mmm, cigarettes.
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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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An overlooked film that deserves to be seen...
6 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this road trip movie isn't as good as Thelma and Louise, it really shouldn't be compared. The two films are very different. While Thelma and Louise are on the run the police, Mary Ann and Darly (the two main characters of Leaving Normal) are only on the run from themselves. Meg Tilly and Christine Lahti play the title characters with just the right touches of naivete and cynicism. Mary Ann is leaving a bad marriage (her second) and Darly is heading to Alaska to reclaim land from an earlier marriage. Their paths merge in Normal, Wyoming and they set out on a road trip that changes both of them. A few of the scenes (thankfully very few) don't seem to work - almost as if they were added for comic effect. Both actresses give great performances. If you can overlook a few plot problems (their new overweight friend Sixty-six seems to find a rich man and leaves all of her belongings behind with Mary Ann and Darly all in the same day) I think you'll find this movie to be an enjoyable and touching tale. The tag line of the movie is: Sometimes the only way to find where you're going is to lose your way. I don't know about you, but in my life that has been true more than a few times. Oh, be sure not to miss the best scene in the whole film. When returning to their car with coolant after it has overheated to find the car stripped and their possessions strewn everywhere Mary Ann (always trying to believe things will work out) says, "We'll still get there. We'll still get to Alaska." Cynical Darly gets the best line in the film, "You're just like a punching bag aren't you, Mary Ann? Knock you down and you get back up. I bet you're one of those people who say when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Well, guess what, sweetheart, life hasn't given us lemons, it's given us SHIT!" I laughed so hard the first time I watched this scene and it's still a line I quote on one of those days when nothing seems to go right. Rent this movie and you won't be sorry.


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