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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

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Dottie Ingels
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Erica Ingels
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Opal Ingels
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Claudia Curtis
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Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson ...
Ed
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Mia Jablon
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Lynn
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Martha Ingels
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Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn ...
Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin ...
Arlene
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Ruby
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Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus ...
Morris Chesler
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Storyline

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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Before the tour, before the talk shows, she was our mom. See more »

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

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Esta es mi vida  »

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$2,922,094 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd (Moss) and Carrie Fisher (Claudia) were a couple before she married Paul Simon. See more »

Quotes

Opal Ingels: What about "the moss?"
Dottie Ingels: Maybe you'll get to like "the moss", he grows on you.
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Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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The Show Must Go On
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
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It would be silly to resist it
11 January 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The gritty Meg Wolitzer novel Ephron's script is based on is far darker than the cinematic end result, but that doesn't keep this movie from being a sweet, subtle and empathetic (to _all_ its characters, even the potential caricature of a paper-gnawing agent played by Dan Aykroyd) story. It's also as much of a love letter to New York as Woody Allen's "Manhattan" or "Everyone Says I Love You." This isn't a typical Ephron movie the way "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You've Got Mail" are, whatever you might think of them; it's about the genuine trauma of adolescence, the complexities of trying to be a grownup when you're still figuring yourself out, and--transcending the cliche of "the tears of a clown"--the sadness that often lurks behind the most successful lives in comedy and the sacrifices comedians make to get there. The soundtrack by Carly Simon is an extra treat. Highly recommended.


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