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Better Living (1998)

 -  Comedy  -  2 November 1998 (USA)
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Three grown daughters try to find their own personal ways to deal with their dysfunctional parents. The mother is an unorthodox woman with out-of-the-ordinary ideas, including one where she... See full summary »

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Three grown daughters try to find their own personal ways to deal with their dysfunctional parents. The mother is an unorthodox woman with out-of-the-ordinary ideas, including one where she takes a jackhammer to the basement floor of their house to build a cavern where the family can live better. Their father, an ex-cop, disappeared 15 years earlier and then re-appeared with no explanation and commandeers his wife's project by placing the whole family in a survivalist situation. Jack is the priest-brother to the mother, who is forced to counsel the family despite his own problems with his faith. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A comedy about the miles that keep us apart and the chaos that brings us together.

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Szülő ellen nincs orvosság  »

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$1,432 (USA) (4 August 2000)

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$1,432 (USA) (4 August 2000)
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A Must See!
18 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LOVED IT! GREAT COMEDY!

I don't know what movie this guy was watching , I thought it was funny and dark and the performances were great. I'm not the only one who thought it was well written.

I looked up the Variey review which said "Vibrant, snappy and surprisingly fresh, "Better Living" breathes a little life into the increasingly by-the-numbers genre of the dysfunctional-family comedy."

Go check out the Variety's review if you want it a great opinion from a credible source in the industry.

P.S. You have to go through the archives to retrieve the review.


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