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I'll Do Anything (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 February 1994 (USA)
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Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His ... See full summary »

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Matt Hobbs
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Jeannie Hobbs
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Burke Adler
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Nan Mulhanney
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Cathy Breslow
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Beth Hobbs
Jeb Brown ...
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Millie
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Claire
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John Earl McAlpine
Joel Thurm ...
Martin
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Lucy
Dominik Lukas-Espeleta ...
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Justina Hardesty ...
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Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family vs career in a particularly difficult way. Written by Reid Gagle

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Rated PG-13 for sexual language and situations | See all certifications »
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4 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Aprendiendo a vivir  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,209,111 (USA)
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Filmed as a musical with eight songs by Prince, but test screenings indicated they should be removed. See more »

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Matt Hobbs: Washington? Washington, boy, that must have been a big adjustment.
Nan Mulhanney: It wasn't that bad. Both places have a lot in common: Over-privileged people, crazed by their fear of losing their privileges. Alcoholism. Addiction. Betrayal. The near total degradation of what once were grand motives. The same spiritual blood-letting. I kind of do miss the seasons, though.
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Written by Carole King
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Performed by Whittni Wright
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I LOVED THIS MOVIE
7 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those 'greater than the sum of its parts' movie, where you can't quite put your finger on why it's so great, but it just is.

The set of this movie must've motivated these actors to beyond their usual performances..........maybe because the script is so great(they all get their shots at character development..... I can think of 5.)

There's Nick Nolte, I've never DISliked him, but his physique combined with his sweet fatherly attitude makes for the perfect combination; it makes him very attractive. Joely Richardson I've only seen in one other movie, but she keeps you interested in her character all the way through, however quirky, weird, or whimsical. Nolte's daughter (Wright) is SO believable as the spoiled little rich girl, brought up by man-hater Tracy Ullman (!)'s character as mom. The two other characters are supporting; one is that lady who does Marge Simpson's voice, and her love interest. All these characters develop and learn.

This film also ironically gives insight into the film industry, and how truly unglamorous Hollywood can be. Nick Nolte must cry in a room full of people withOUT the director even being there, a group of ladies who work in casting are asked, when deciding yay-or nay on this actor, if they would sleep with him.

But in the end, it stays true to its source, meaning it doesn't look completely down at Hollywood or anything else. It's just a really adorable feel-good movie.



Did I mention adorable?



-Sep


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