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This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dottie Ingels
Erica Ingels
Opal Ingels
Claudia Curtis
Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson ...
Mia Jablon
Martha Ingels
Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn ...
Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin ...
Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus ...
Morris Chesler


Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two daughters, Erica and Opal, to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her agent, Arnold Moss, makes her famous, but while she travels all over the USA, the girls stay home lonely. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta es mi vida  »

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$2,922,094 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Whimsically winning slice-of-life movie
13 May 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the third time. I chose to watch it on Mother's Day because this is about as realistic a tale about mother-and-daughter bonding and growing pains as you will ever see. Julie Kavner is nothing short of amazing as Dotty, a stand-up comic from Ozone Park, Queens, waiting for her chance to make it to the big time. But, life necessitates tradeoffs. As her career takes off, Dotty is unable to spend much time with her kids who grow resentful. And with her older daughter Erica (an excellent performance by Samantha Mathis) now in the awkward early teen years, everything Dotty does is a personal embarrassment to Erica.

The direction is a bit on the claustrophobic and episodic side. Aside from experimenting with the number of different ways to show polka dots, this is not a visually impressive film, nor is it meant to be.

But on its own terms, it is sweet, warm, winning, and true.

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