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That's Life! (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 October 1986 (USA)
A wealthy yet depressed architect and his sympathetic wife strive to conquer their life issues in anticipation of Harvey's 60th birthday party.

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Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Harvey Fairchild
Julie Andrews ... Gillian Fairchild
Sally Kellerman ... Holly Parrish
Robert Loggia ... Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Megan Fairchild Bartlet
Robert Knepper ... Steve Larwin (as Rob Knepper)
Matt Lattanzi ... Larry Bartlet
Chris Lemmon ... Josh Fairchild
Cynthia Sikes ... Janice Kern
Dana Sparks ... Fanny Ward
Emma Walton Hamilton ... Kate Fairchild
Felicia Farr ... Madame Carrie
Teddy Wilson ... Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
Nicky Blair Nicky Blair ... Andre
Jordan Christopher ... Dr. Keith Romanis
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Storyline

Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives are further complicated by their three grown children, a ditsy neighbor, a fortune teller, and an alcoholic priest. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' That's Life! See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$229,855, 28 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,079,895
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of many numerous collaborations of composer Henry Mancini and director Blake Edwards. See more »

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Microphone shadow visible during party scene in the tent. See more »


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Produced by Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff for Ripe Productions
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Self-indulgent drama ...
20 August 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... written and directed by Blake Edwards. Jack Lemmon stars as a man having a late mid-life crisis of sorts, while his stoic wife, played by Julie Andrews, waits for the results of a biopsy. The whole film takes place over one fraught weekend as their grown children come to visit for Lemmon's impending birthday celebration.

Jack Lemmon really grated on my nerves in this one, with all of his late-career mannerisms and vocal inflections ratcheted up to the top. Andrews is good in a thankless role, although I kept hoping she would kick Lemmon in the face. Upper-class malaise and fear of mortality are decent subjects better explored in other films. Lemmon himself even seems to be repeating his earlier turn in Save the Tiger, although this time with less restraint. There are a couple of humorous touches, but few enough to leave comedy off of the film's description.

This is the only Jack Lemmon movie I can think of that I have not enjoyed, and that is quite a feat.


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