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Cast

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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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Laura Dern was originally cast as Cathy Breslow. See more »

Quotes

Matt Hobbs: What did she do?
Beth Hobbs: I loved, helped, and supported in every way possible a businessman who committed the terrible crime of being financially imaginative with a pension fund.
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References Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) See more »

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JEANNIE'S SONG
Written and Performed by Whittni Wright
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Typical James L. Brooks
14 July 2000 | by (Bruges, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie has really got the "Brooks Touch" and that's a very good thing. I can't understand why this has got such a low ratings on the IMDB, or why it is so little known. Like AS GOOD AS IT GETS and the even better, but overall largely underrated TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, this again is a wonderful story about real people. And when Brooks is in the director's seat, you know this film isn't going to take the easy way. I can only recommend this movie, especially because of the many lovely moments and the excellent dialogue. My only complaint is that some of the dialogue is a bit too smart for its own good and that it doesn't always ring true. The actors are very good too, especially Nick Nolte, Joely Richardson and the young Whittni Wright(who is wonderful). They're not the really big names, like in the two aforementioned movies, but they did a very good job. Also look out for the character played by Albert Brooks, which is very familiar with Jack Nicholson's character in AS GOOD AS IT GETS. It almost seems a trademark of James L. Brooks, who keeps delivering the goods with his original and always fresh romantic comedies. Don't miss this one! 8/10


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