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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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From the creator of THIS IS US 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) 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

-Principal photography began on March 13, 2017 in New York City and continued in Spain in May. See more »

Goofs

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

Javier: I will accept, but only on one condition: My whistling is for me. My big mouth is for my men.
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Connections

References Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner (2011) See more »

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Love Sick
Performed by Bob Dylan
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23 September 2018 | by devinbielloSee all my reviews

I've never seen a film have so much talent and potential fail as much as what I saw last night. The acting is really the only good thing in it. But not many of the characters are interesting and the ones that are don't get enough screen time. I respect Dan Fogelman and I know that deep down this concept could've worked. But the film doesn't know how to tell this story.

It has one of the most baffling opening scenes I've ever seen in a theater. I won't spoil it, you just have to see it for yourself.

Also, there are just odd storytelling ideas. From a "Ghost of Oscar Issac's past" to multiple Olivia Wildes having a snowball fight to Olivia Cooke going through CGI Puberty to Antonio Banderas talking about his father for a full 10 minute scene that is painfully boring. It is a mess, but quite a fascinating one that I honestly think people need to see to believe.

It's produced by Amazon, so if you have Prime then you'll probably be able to watch it in 3-4 months on Prime Video. So while I think it's a mess that people should watch, it should not be watched in a theater.


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