This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  21 February 1992 (USA)
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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 <>

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It's 10pm. Do you know where your mother is? 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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She's not actually funny
26 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Single mom Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) sells cosmetics in a department store and dreams of being a big comedian on the Tonight Show. She lives in Queens with her two daughters Erica (Samantha Mathis) and Opal (Gaby Hoffmann) in Aunt Harriet's house. When Aunt Harriet died leaving everything to Dottie, she sells everything to move to NYC. She works her way in small bars. She gets Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd) as her agent or at least his assistant Claudia Curtis (Carrie Fisher). She starts traveling and the girls are left at home.

The big problem is that I don't find Julie Kavner funny in this or that she has a funny act. This movie is desperate for somebody with standup experience. She needs an act that is actually funny. Samantha Mathis is playing an Annie Hall type as a teenager. The standup life seems so unrealistic. If I could ignore her standup, this could be a cute Nora Ephron movie especially considering that this is her directorial debut. It would be much better to concentrate on Erica's POV which has the possibility of skipping more of the mom's act.

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