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Life Is Sweet (1990)


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Mike Leigh's situation comedy about a lower middle-class family in the London suburbs is a slice-of-life chronicle that subtly reveals the pain and rage underneath the surface of day-to-day conventions. The youngish parents, Wendy (Alison Steadman) and Andy (Jim Broadbent) live with their 20-something twin daughters, Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and Natalie (Claire Skinner). Natalie, a plumber's assistant, is clean-cut and forever looks on the bright side of life. Nicola, who is unemployed, has


Drama, Comedy

Mike Leigh

Mar 29, 2005

Republic Pictures Home Video

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The director's wife at the time, Alison Steadman, stealing the show as Wendy the nurturing suburban housewife survivor.

April 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Explores the personal and economic lives of a lower middle-class English family in hard times.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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A portrait of Enfield chavdom in 1990. Crazy, ugly, genius.
November 17, 2010

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Classic Mike Leigh - Unpretentious, unsweetened social realism that is loved by the pretentious, is as sweet as sugar and will have the BFI mob stating things like 'I knew those people/I ate in the Regret Rien/It's funny because it's true' . I love it, I'm in no way admitting that I'm pretentious in any way, I just love Mike Leigh's films but hate most other people who say they do, mainly the BFI mob. I hate the way Leigh has been treated by Hollywood but I feel it's nothing compared to how he's been treated in his own country and the city in which he resides. BFI and BAFTA owe him so much but always shit on him, it makes me quite upset for him! Not that he needs all these awards you understand, it would just be nice to see him rightfully recognised.
April 13, 2010

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This is a great movie. Jane Horrocks is excellent in it. Funny while being sad at the same time. Must watch it again sometime.
February 5, 2009

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Yuck! What a disappointment in going back to see classic Mike Leigh. What a way he has come since then and thank God. This was not particularly memorable. For Leigh completists only.
May 31, 2010
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