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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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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 »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

-During the writing of the film, Dan Fogelman listened to Bob Dylan's album Time Out of Mind and in particular the song Love Sick, which opens the film. Written after the divorce of the singer of his second wife, this double album, dating from 1997, speaks of love and mourning with melancholy. 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]
Will: Let's get married.
Abby: ...We've been dating less than a year.
Will: I know. And I feel like I've shown incredible restraint waiting this long.
[long pause]
Abby: I love you... but I may not be equipped to be loved this much.
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Connections

References Beautiful Girls (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Gran Oscurecer
Written by Bob Dylan
Lyrics by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (as Yvette Nacer)
Performed by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (as Yvette Nacer)
Courtesy of Whitelighter Productions
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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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