This Is My Life (1992)




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Based on the book by Meg Wolitzer, This Is My Life is the directorial debut for Nora Ephron, who adapted the script with sister, Delia Ephron. Dottie Engels (Julie Kavner) is a single mother with aspirations of becoming a standup comedian. When her Aunt Harriet dies, Dottie gets an apartment in Manhattan with her daughters, teenaged Erica (Samantha Mathis) and ten-year-old Opal (Gaby Hoffmann). Soon, Dottie's career is taking off and her agent, Claudia Curtis (Carrie Fisher), gets her on a … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron
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On DVD: Jul 30, 1992
20th Century Fox


as Dottie Ingels

as Erica Ingels

as Opal Ingels

as Arnold Moss

as Mia Jablon

as Martha Ingels

as Jordan

as Ruby

as Aunt Harriet

as Morris Chesler

as Marianne

as Gary Garry

as TV Talk Show Host

as Charlene

as Norm Ingels

as Billy

as Norm Ingels

as Evelyn's Daughter

as Rochelle

as Agent

as Mr. Kaminski

as 1st Tree Boy

as 2nd Tree Boy

as 3rd Tree Boy

as Girl in Mouse Costum...

as Mrs. Fabricant

as Young Matron

as Ice Cream Parlor Wai...

as Detective Wheedle
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Critic Reviews for This Is My Life

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Entertainment Weekly
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for This Is My Life


This Is My Life is the story of a Single mother who dreams of becoming a stand up comedian and the relationship she shares with her two daughters.
Julie Kavner plays Dottie. Aside from her voice grating on my nerves, she voices the famous Marge Simpson, I thought her performance was nothing spectacular. A young Samantha Mathis plays her oldest daughter, Erica. She was convincing as this teenager who was trying to come into her own. An even younger Gaby Hoffman plays the youngest daughter, Opal. The girls did have good chemistry as sisters. The cast also stars Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the great Dan Akroyd. Although, there wasn't enough of his character, and he wasn't able to bring out his wonderful comedic flare at all.
With Nora Ephron in the directors chair, I really expected this to be a heartwarming tale with the box of Kleenex handy. This Is My Life was cute, but it was lacking something. I would give it lukewarm at best.

Jami Lyn

i dont remember it much but i rented it long ago... i remeber julie kavner and the struggle her daughters went through as she rose in her career... it was sweet story and a good first film for ephron.

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