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A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.

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Morrie
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Jay
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Ida
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Betty Tanager
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Gillian
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Laura
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Paul
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Gary
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Ellen Thomas
Lindsay Allen ...
Roller-Blading Girl
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Hitchhiker
Will Toale ...
Young Male Cop
Vivien Kells ...
Sleeping Girl (as Vivien Kells O'Brien)
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Man in Street
Marisa Zalabak ...
Woman in Street
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Neighbor on Phone
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Professor in Hallway (as Don Hewitt Jr.)
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Protective Mother (as Joanne Lumstein)
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Roger
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Man on Street (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
Jennifer Kirabo ...
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Craig Lucas

Written by

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Elyse Friedman ... (written by)

Produced by

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John Allen ... executive producer
Carina Alves ... associate producer
Rachel Cohen ... co-executive producer
Chris Davey ... co-executive producer
Jana Edelbaum ... producer
Elyse Friedman ... co-producer
Edward Gersh ... co-producer
Hollise Gersh ... co-producer
Eric Warren Goldman ... executive producer
Marilyn Haft ... co-producer
Scott Hanson ... executive producer
Edward Hart ... executive producer
Pamela Hirsch ... executive producer
Michael Lesser ... co-executive producer
Bruce Lunsford ... executive producer
Galt Niederhoffer ... producer
Celine Rattray ... producer
Katrin Redfern ... associate producer
Reagan Silber ... executive producer
Daniela Taplin Lundberg ... producer

Music by

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Brett Boyett ... (trailer score by)
Ahrin Mishan

Cinematography by

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Yaron Orbach ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Eric Kissack

Editorial Department

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Brice Bishop-Pullan ... assistant editor
Jacob Craycroft ... additional editor
John Crowley ... colorist
Sarah Jean Porter ... assistant editor (as Sarah Porter)
Matthew Reedy ... digital intermediate project supervisor

Casting By

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Beth Bowling
Kim Miscia

Production Design by

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John Nyomarkay

Set Decoration by

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Tora Peterson

Costume Design by

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Heidi Bivens

Makeup Department

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Persefone Karakosta ... key makeup artist
Jill Karol ... additional makeup artist (as Jill Astman)
Theodora Katsoulogiannakis ... key hair stylist
Shanah M. Kendall ... additional hair stylist
Sarit Klein ... additional makeup artist
Cheri Rose ... additional hair stylist (as Cheri Tiberio)
Christal Schanes ... additional hair stylist (as Crystal Schanes)

Production Management

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Pamela Hirsch ... unit production manager
Leslie Jacobowitz ... post-production supervisor
Peter Pastorelli ... production supervisor
Samara Levenstein ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Thomas Fatone ... first assistant director
Marta Forns-Escudé ... second second assistant director (as Marta Forns-Escude)
Betsy Friedman ... second assistant director (as Betsy Friedman-Palmieri)
Patrick D. Gibbons ... second assistant director (as Patrick Gibbons)
Kim Thompson ... second second assistant director (as Kimberly Thompson)

Art Department

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Shurouq Algusane ... props intern
Rhiannon Alterio ... art production intern
Julia Barraclough ... charge scenic
Anthony Carnevale ... swing set dresser
Stephen Finkin ... on-set dresser
Jonathan Huggins ... assistant property master
Jennifer Jermantowicz ... art production intern
Doro Klusmann ... on-set dresser
Don Dominick Lombardi ... scenic artist
James Maher ... additional set dresser
Tory Noll ... art production assistant
Chris Potter ... property master
Jeff Scala ... art production assistant
Alison Scowby ... scenic production assistant
Jane Thurn ... scenic artist
Irmak Ucar ... art department coordinator
Joshua Visser ... additional set dresser (as Josh Visser)
Alexis Weiss ... additional props
Derek J.W. Wybourn ... leadman (as Derek Wybourn)
Christopher Yager ... set decoration production assistant (as Chris Yager) / set decorator production assistant (as Chris Yager)

Sound Department

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Cory Allen ... sound intern
Joshua Anderson ... production sound mixer (as Josh Anderson)
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... adr editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... dialogue editor
Eric McAllister ... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Ira Spiegel ... supervising sound editor
Mike Urdaneta ... boom swinger
Andrew Kay ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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John Bair ... visual effects supervisor: Edgework
Edmund Earle ... digital artist: Edgework
Nathan Meier ... digital artist: Edgework

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... additional stunt coordinator (as Rou Farfe)
Gabriel Hansen ... stunt double: Ben Foster (as Gabriel Ryan Hansen)
Samantha MacIvor ... stunt double: Ginnifer Goodwin
Christopher Place ... stunt double: Matthew Perry (as Christopher Plac)
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator
Joanne Lamstein ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Beattie ... additional electrician
Nicola Benizzi ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Manuel Billeter ... camera operator: "a" camera
Bobby Boothe ... additional grip
Marcel Ciurea ... company grip
Richard Coronel ... camera loader (as Rich Coronel)
John DeVore ... camera intern
David Giesbrecht ... still photographer
Spencer Gillis ... camera intern
Shawn Greene ... gaffer
Michael Kirsch ... best boy grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Nina Kuhn ... gaffer
Scott Lipkowitz ... additional camera loader
Ludovic Littee ... camera operator: "a" camera
Jessica Miglio ... still photographer
Jeff Niggemeyer ... additional electrician
Colin Oberschmidt ... additional electrician
Luke Owen ... second assistant camera
Jeff Panessa ... key grip
Wayne Paull ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Wayne Paul)
Antonio Ponti ... first assistant camera / first assistant: b cam
Jeremy Rodriguez ... company grip
Benjamin Salley ... additional electrician (as Ben Salley)
Ryan Samul ... camera operator: "b" camera
Matt Staples ... dolly grip
David Stern ... key grip (as Dave Stern)
Derrick Still ... electrician
Paul Swan ... additional grip
Josh Taylor ... best boy electric
Sean Taylor ... best boy electric
Michelle Tsung ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Vietro-Hannum ... steadicam operator: LA
Brett Walters ... first assistant camera
Ryan Webb ... electrician
Manuel Billeter ... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Matthew Mendelson ... electrician (uncredited)
Aaron Randall ... additional grip (uncredited)
Zenfeek ... additional electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Erin Mayhugh ... casting associate: background
Joey Cee ... casting associate (uncredited)
Meredith Jacobson Marciano ... extras casting (uncredited)
Adam Vincentz ... extras casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Stephanie Almazan ... wardrobe intern
Pattie J. Barbosa ... wardrobe supervisor (as Pattie Barbosa)
Annie Bishopp ... wardrobe intern
Jill Black ... wardrobe assistant
Heather Blue ... wardrobe intern
Tara Boros ... wardrobe intern
John Corbo ... on-set costumer
Meghan Corea ... wardrobe intern
Janina Dimetro ... wardrobe intern
Kitty Dong ... wardrobe intern
Lashfika Hill ... wardrobe intern
Caitlin Lux ... wardrobe intern
Carol Miltimore ... wardrobe intern
Merav Elbaz Belschner ... stitcher (uncredited)

Location Management

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John A. Accardo ... location scout (as John Accardo)
Kevin Adams ... location production assistant
Marshall Johnson ... location manager
Greg Morrison ... location assistant
Chris Tomeo ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Amanda Abizaid ... singing voice: female
Barry Cole ... music supervisor
Jamie Lowry ... music editor
tomandandy ... composer: additional music

Transportation Department

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Frank Appedu ... teamster driver
George Campbell ... teamster driver
Chris Defeo ... teamster driver
Kevin Flynn ... transportation captain
Wallace Mosely II ... teamster driver (as Wallace Mosley)
Severo Rivera ... teamster driver

Other crew

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Kate Albesworth ... craft service assistant
Adi Amit ... production coordinator
Tara Andrus ... production accountant
Matthew Artus ... additional production secretary
Jennifer Basnyat ... title designer: Moltenlava
Steve Boyle ... post-production accountant: JFA Inc.
Anthony Brandonisio ... office production assistant
Matt Braunsdorf ... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen
Nicole Bukowski ... accounting clerk
Dominique Caron ... office production assistant
Michele Cusick ... set production assistant
Katherine DaSilva ... set intern
Anthony DeFrancesco ... set production assistant
Anne Marie Dentici ... set production assistant
Matt Diamond ... set production assistant
Alison Flannery ... set intern
Andrew Noah Greene ... office intern (as Andrew Greene)
Justin Halstead ... set production assistant
Elizabeth Hanley ... post-production accountant: JFA Inc.
Eric Hora ... office production assistant
Blair Howley ... set production assistant
Jared Kaufmann ... office intern
Carlene Kucharczyk ... set intern
Patrick Lombardo ... assistant to Ms. Edelbaum and Ms. Cohen (as Pat Lombardo)
Veronica Lupu ... script supervisor (as Veronica Lupo)
Jeff Millea ... office intern
Mary Ellen Osborne ... set intern
Kevin Pazmino ... key production assistant
Anthony Peart ... set production assistant
Holly Pilch ... production secretary
Kenny Rich ... assistant: Mr. Lucas
Julie Sage ... office intern
Lianne Sheffy ... office intern
Marc H. Simon ... production attorney: Dreier LLP (as Marc Simon)
Jared Stackman ... set production assistant
Michael Stewart ... set intern
José Tejada ... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Krystal Webb ... office intern
Danielle Wilson ... craft service
Shelly Earl ... animal wrangler (uncredited)
James Hook ... stand-in (uncredited)
Rachel Konstantin ... stand-in (uncredited)
Craig Peck ... pre-production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Eamon Cannon ... dedicatee
Tony Kushner ... thanks
Wallace Shawn ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

When Morrie was a teenager, his parents died, leaving him a house, an irritable bowel, and siblings Jay and Ida to raise. Jump ahead 20 years: Jay is homeless, fits poorly into society, and was recently injured; Ida is jobless and sleeps with strangers; Morrie is married to the long-suffering Betty who is waiting for Morrie to get tenure before having children. They constantly have to kiss up to their holier-than-thou neighbors, one of whom is Morrie's department head. Morrie brings Jay home to recover, Ida decides to visit, the siblings make the neighbors ill at ease, a strange woman visits, and the cops want to talk to Jay. What about Morrie's irritated bowels? Written by

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Also Known As
  • The Laws of Motion (United States)
  • Laws of Motion (Canada, English title)
  • Das Geheimnis des Glücks (Germany)
  • Leis da Vida (Brazil)
  • Τρεις Λαλούν... και Δυο Χορεύουν (Greece)
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  • 85 min
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Movie Connections References The Mummy (1932). See more »
Soundtracks Sad Song See more »
Quotes Jay: People need to be jolted.
Morrie: No, people need to be comforted, and you don't comfort them by satisfying your own curiosity about breaking down boundaries and rules. Some people really like their rules, they've chosen them, and you don't get to choose what rules other people obey or not; they do.
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