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This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Meg Wolitzer (book), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Kavner ... Dottie Ingels
Samantha Mathis ... Erica Ingels
Gaby Hoffmann ... Opal Ingels
Carrie Fisher ... Claudia Curtis
Dan Aykroyd ... Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson ... Ed
Marita Geraghty ... Mia Jablon
Welker White ... Lynn
Caroline Aaron ... Martha Ingels
Kathy Najimy ... Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin Renée Lippin ... Arlene
Joy Behar ... Ruby
Estelle Harris ... Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Morris Chesler
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Storyline

Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two daughters, Erica and Opal, to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her agent, Arnold Moss, makes her famous, but while she travels all over the USA, the girls stay home lonely. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's 10pm. Do you know where your mother is? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta es mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,922,094
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd (Moss) and Carrie Fisher (Claudia) were a couple before she married Paul Simon. See more »

Quotes

Erica Ingels: What about the dots?
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated "R" by the MPAA, the sex scene between the two teenagers was trimmed a bit to earn a "PG-13" rating. See more »

Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Have To Be An Angel (The Night Before Christmas)
Written by Carly Simon
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It would be silly to resist it
11 January 2004 | by emily-gordonSee all my reviews

The gritty Meg Wolitzer novel Ephron's script is based on is far darker than the cinematic end result, but that doesn't keep this movie from being a sweet, subtle and empathetic (to _all_ its characters, even the potential caricature of a paper-gnawing agent played by Dan Aykroyd) story. It's also as much of a love letter to New York as Woody Allen's "Manhattan" or "Everyone Says I Love You." This isn't a typical Ephron movie the way "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You've Got Mail" are, whatever you might think of them; it's about the genuine trauma of adolescence, the complexities of trying to be a grownup when you're still figuring yourself out, and--transcending the cliche of "the tears of a clown"--the sadness that often lurks behind the most successful lives in comedy and the sacrifices comedians make to get there. The soundtrack by Carly Simon is an extra treat. Highly recommended.


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