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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

Writer:

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
Jean Smart ... Linda
Olivia Cooke ... Dylan
Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Javier
Antonio Banderas ... Mr. Saccione
Laia Costa ... Isabel
Àlex Monner ... Rodrigo
Isabel Durant ... Shari Dickstein
Lorenza Izzo ... Elena
Samuel L. Jackson ... Samuel L. Jackson
Jake Robinson ... Henry / Hero
Adrian Marrero ... Rodrigo (7-10 Years Old)
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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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This September, Life Will Surprise You See more »

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Itself See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,123,463, 23 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,102,648, 4 November 2018
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Color
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Trivia

-If "Life Itself" ... is only Dan Fogelman's second feature film, this one made his name by writing the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love and as creator and show runner of the hit series This is Us. See more »

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The entire film, despite covering four generations of people, all seems to take place in the present day. There's nothing to differentiate the varied time periods. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Abby: You ever gonna ask me out, Will?
Will: I'm just waiting for the right moment.
Abby: I'll see you around.
[gets up]
Will: [before she walks away] Abby, I'm waiting for the right moment cause when I ask you out, there's not gonna be any turning back for me. I'm not gonna date anybody else for the rest of my life. I'm not gonna love anybody else for the rest of my life. I'm waiting for the right moment cause when I ask you out, it's gonna be the most important moment of my life. And I just wanna make ...
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Connections

Featured in Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Annette Bening/John Mayer (2018) See more »

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Standing in the Doorway
Performed by Bob Dylan
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Mediocre
20 September 2018 | by FriendlyBananaSee all my reviews

Life Itself could have been a lot better if it hadn't tried so hard. The writing, cinematography, editing and music were just over-the-top. Dramatic moments are repeatedly shoved in your face with a giant sledge hammer, instead of artfully delivered. The saving grace for this film is the excellent cast and excellent acting, but it is not enough to save Life Itself from the island of forgotten movies.


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