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The Sky Is Falling (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 June 2001 (Australia)
A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to... See full summary »

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Florrie Laurence
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Emily Hall
Laura Leighton ... Amber Lee
Teri Garr ... Mona Hall
Howard Hesseman ... Yogi Cook
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Finch
Lorraine Toussaint ... Janie
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Mrs. Quinn
Eric Close ... Mike
Ann LeSchander ... Regina
Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Finch
Dan Bucatinsky ... Lab Technician
Audrey Gelfund Audrey Gelfund ... Grandma
Ron Litman Ron Litman ... Clyde
Stefan Marks ... Jerry
T.J. Thyne ... Kid
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A young woman, struggling to become a novelist, has her life go into a tailspin. Her first novel is rejected, her non-committal boy friend decides to take a powder, her best friend moves to Mexico for an acting job, and her mother announces that her long presumed dead father is actually a hippie photographer who has come to town to meet her. Sinking into a depression at being a total failure at 28, she starts fantasizing about suicide. In her depths of despair she meets various eccentric characters including a chain-smoking Santa Claus and an obnoxious literary agent. But her belief in herself is only restored when she meets a patient in a hospital where she does volunteer work. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Au bout du désespoir See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bert Remsen's final film. See more »

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

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Don't Ever Think You're Alone
Performed by The Four Postmen
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Oh dear.
6 November 2001 | by LadiSwanSee all my reviews

I hate movies where I'm supposed to feel one way about a particular character. . . and I feel the exact opposite.

It was pretty clear to me that I was supposed to empathize and root for Emily. However, as the movie progressed, it became equally clear to me that while I felt sorry for her a number of times, I did not like her. And in fact, more often not, I wanted to strangle her.

My sympathy was almost entirely for her boyfriend Mike (played beautifully by Eric Close). That surprised me. I had read the other reviews, and figured I'd at least to bop Mike upside the head.

Not this time (well, aside from the groveling). I wish I had liked Emily, but I didn't. And unfortunately, I found myself fast-forwarding through most of her scenes, to the scenes which featured Mike.

Personally, I would have found a movie about a struggling young musician, trying to balance the demands of his own dreams with the demands of his insecure girlfriend, a lot more interesting. After viewing 'The Sky is Falling,' I have no doubt that Eric Close has the ability to carry such a film.


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