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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.

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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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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

Jordan Strang: Maybe the hell you know,is a lot better than the one you don't.
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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 »

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Back the Way
Written and Performed by Carly Simon
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Whimsically winning slice-of-life movie
13 May 2002 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the third time. I chose to watch it on Mother's Day because this is about as realistic a tale about mother-and-daughter bonding and growing pains as you will ever see. Julie Kavner is nothing short of amazing as Dotty, a stand-up comic from Ozone Park, Queens, waiting for her chance to make it to the big time. But, life necessitates tradeoffs. As her career takes off, Dotty is unable to spend much time with her kids who grow resentful. And with her older daughter Erica (an excellent performance by Samantha Mathis) now in the awkward early teen years, everything Dotty does is a personal embarrassment to Erica.

The direction is a bit on the claustrophobic and episodic side. Aside from experimenting with the number of different ways to show polka dots, this is not a visually impressive film, nor is it meant to be.

But on its own terms, it is sweet, warm, winning, and true.


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