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Life Itself (2018)

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As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

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Dan Fogelman

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Dan Fogelman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Will
Olivia Wilde ... Abby
Annette Bening ... Dr. Cait Morris
Mandy Patinkin ... Irwin Dempsey
Jean Smart ... Linda
Olivia Cooke ... Dylan
Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Javier González
Antonio Banderas ... Mr. Saccione
Laia Costa ... Isabel Díaz
Àlex Monner ... Rodrigo González Díaz
Isabel Durant ... Shari Dickstein
Lorenza Izzo ... Elena Dempsey-González
Samuel L. Jackson ... Samuel L. Jackson
Jake Robinson ... Henry / Hero
Adrian Marrero ... Rodrigo (7-10 Years Old) (as Adrián Marrero)
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Storyline

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in Life Itself. Director and writer Dan Fogelman ("This Is Us") examines the perils and rewards of everyday life in a multi-generational saga featuring an international ensemble including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris- Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, Life Itself celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some violent images and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,123,463, 23 September 2018

Gross USA:

$4,102,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,997,774
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Life Itself ... takes place on two different continents and in two distinct languages, English and Spanish. Dan Fogelman admits to being paralyzed by the challenge that this represented. See more »

Goofs

Abby as a baby is actually a boy. When Will is remembering the scene where she was born, the baby is actually a baby since you see male anatomy. See more »

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Narrator: Rodrigo entered college a visiting freshman, and as he'd been doing for most of the previous decade, he thrived.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Life Itself (2018) See more »

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Not Dark Yet
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (as Yvette Nacer)
Courtesy of Whitelighter Productions
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2-hour 'This Is Us'
19 September 2018 | by madisonharwellSee all my reviews

I was hesitant to invest the time in this film after reading critic reviews but I can absolutely say they were truly too harsh with Life Itself. No surprise but it's very reminiscent of 'This Is Us' and instead of an episodic narrative it's condensed to a two hour multi-chaptered film. While it did feel closer to three hours at points, there's a clear disconnect between the current reviews and the actual film performance. It was very emotional and most of the movie I had a lump in my throat. The way it's structured it's almost like three movies in one but the way it all comes together was so fascinating to watch as an audience member. My vote is you give it a shot, it's a really creative story.


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