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PG-13 | | Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Carswell
Young Ruth
Young Alex
Friendly Lady
Cool Lady
Mr. Vincent
Mrs. Vincent
Mr. Rahim


A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

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The best moves in life are the ones you make together. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for language and some nude images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Itself  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$238,491, 10 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,013,061, 21 June 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed with the support of the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture &Television Development. See more »


The central characters say (two times) that they are buying an apartment on 1st Avenue and 77th Street and when they enter the apartment (also two times) it's clearly off Amsterdam Avenue on Cathedral Parkway, which is around 110th Street in West Harlem/Morningside Heights - more than 2 miles from where they are supposed to be. These two neighborhoods don't look alike at all. See more »


Alex Carver: Who would have thought that the whole of my life's work would be worth less than the room it was painted in?
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My Melancholy Baby
Performed by Morgan Freeman
Music by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A. Norton
Arranged by Morgan Freeman
Published by © Life Itself, LLC.
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Dismal on All Counts
8 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Aging Morgan Freeman and wifey Diane Keaton are selling their 5th floor walk-up apartment in Brooklyn. He's old and there's no elevator. Her niece (Cynthia Nixon) is a realtor and is arranging for an open house. The couple remember their youth in boring flashbacks and recall their 40 years in the apartment. She's a retired teacher, and he's a (failed?) artist. They hope to get a million dollars but have no plans on what to do or where to go after the apartment sells.

After their open house, with assorted kooks and dopes in attendance, it dawns on them to start looking for an apartment. They go to an open house (where all the same kooks and dopes appear) and decide to put a bid on an apartment. Will they get it? Does anyone care? In the background of all this "drama" is the story of an alleged terrorist on the Brooklyn Bridge, which they have a view of. Nixon is worried that the terrorist story, incessantly on every TV, will hurt the asking price of the apartment. They also have a sick dog in the hospital.

Other than that, all the main characters do is chit chat about nothing. They never shut up even though they have nothing to say. There's no humor, no wisdom, no surprises from this boring couple.

Freeman plays the noble artist, who apparently has made a living from his art, but all he talks about is his failure. Keaton blathers on about nothing important. They have been an interracial and childless couple for 40 years and have basically nothing to say. In flashback we see the scenes where she learns she can't conceive, and the one where her mother disapproves of Freeman. Yawn.

Nixon registers as an unpleasant and greedy realtor who seems to care zilch for her aunt and eventually tells them to F off. The rest of the cast is just a parade of "types" wandering in and out of apartments. In fact, when discussing bids, the realtor refers to them as "blue leggings," "dog couple," "crab," etc.

In the end, nothing gets resolved and you end up right where you started. How this one ever found the money to get made is a mystery. This is a bad TV movie masquerading as something more.

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