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I'll Do Anything (1994)

PG-13  |   |  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 ...
Ricky
Justina Hardesty ...
Essa
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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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THE SONG THAT DOESN'T END
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A dance without a song
10 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Writer & Director James L Brooks has a very sure touch when it comes to movies. I'll do anything was conceived as an old fashioned musical and parody of actor's lifestyles and film clichés.

Test audiences were not impressed with the film and at the time musical films were out of fashion. I presume the songs were actually rubbish which tends to be the case with a lot of musical films.

Re-cut and re-edited, this is now a straight story with Nick Nolte, playing Matt Hobbs, a once promising actor who has not managed to get a regular acting gig in some time, ends up driving around an arrogant film producer (Albert Brooks).

Things take a turn when his ex-wife dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt for what he thinks is for a few weeks but turns out to be longer as she is off to jail. His daughter is used to getting her own way and he is not used to fatherhood.

His career may have some brightness as he gets friendly with with attractive production assistant (Joely Richardson) who has a script idea and thinks Matt could be the lead actor.

The film was hampered from the start with its production troubles. Nick Nolte does well as a down on his luck actor with a brat of daughter and trying to bond with her whilst dealing with machinations of the film industry.

Where Brooks succeeded so well when he turned his eye on TV news with Broadcast News, the story here is not strong enough and although the actors try hard the film comes off as hollow.


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