Only When I Laugh (1981)

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Movie Info

In this pathos-filled comedy from Neil Simon, a popular actress finds herself struggling to cope with her own alcoholism and the deteriorating relationship with her teenage daughter. Simon adapted the plot from his play The Gingerbread Lady. The film is also known as It Hurts Only When I Laugh.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Neil Simon, Eric Chappell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

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as Georgia

as Jimmy

as David

as Lou: an Actor

as Boxing Fan in Bar

as Dr. Komack

as Mr. Tarloff

as Adam Kasabian

as Receptionist

as Receptionist

as Nurse Garcia

as Jason

as George the Director

as Denise Summers

as Bartender

as Super's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Only When I Laugh

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Neil Simon reworked his play Gingerbread Lady for this tale of alcoholic actress (real wife Marsha Mason) and precocious daughter, but the result is just as stagy, schmaltzy and predictable, with the expected witty but utterly theatrical one-liners.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Belabored Neil Simon script with Marsha Mason.

July 13, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Audience Reviews for Only When I Laugh

½

Lesser Neil Simon dramedy with a fine performance from Marsha Mason. The problem is that her character is so selfish it's difficult to sympathize with her, since she's the focus of the piece that's vital. The result is that you feel detached from the proceedings. Joan Hackett gives her customarily excellent performance for which she was Oscar nominated but the part isn't award worthy. Still since this was her final feature film role before her death it nice that she was so honored for her many years of work.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This starts out as a good drama about a mother and daughter, but it gets more and more predictable as it goes on. The actors are good, and I like theatre themed movies, but this one is just okay.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

Although this film has the word laugh in the title it is not a comedy, it's a drama. It's a pretty good drama too, it's a slice of life type story about an actress and her daughter. The movie starts out good, but then you realize how predictable it is, and that it's not so good. Overall, it's an okay movie, though, Simon is a good writer.

The80sExpert
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