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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

Opal Ingels: What about "the moss?"
Dottie Ingels: Maybe you'll get to like "the moss", he grows on you.
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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 »


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Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
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She's not actually funny
26 July 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Single mom Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) sells cosmetics in a department store and dreams of being a big comedian on the Tonight Show. She lives in Queens with her two daughters Erica (Samantha Mathis) and Opal (Gaby Hoffmann) in Aunt Harriet's house. When Aunt Harriet died leaving everything to Dottie, she sells everything to move to NYC. She works her way in small bars. She gets Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd) as her agent or at least his assistant Claudia Curtis (Carrie Fisher). She starts traveling and the girls are left at home.

The big problem is that I don't find Julie Kavner funny in this or that she has a funny act. This movie is desperate for somebody with standup experience. She needs an act that is actually funny. Samantha Mathis is playing an Annie Hall type as a teenager. The standup life seems so unrealistic. If I could ignore her standup, this could be a cute Nora Ephron movie especially considering that this is her directorial debut. It would be much better to concentrate on Erica's POV which has the possibility of skipping more of the mom's act.


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