Only When I Laugh

1981

Only When I Laugh (1981)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Only When I Laugh

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Anyone consulting this movie for insights into alcoholism would be better off asking a bartender.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 11, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Belabored Neil Simon script with Marsha Mason.

Jul 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Only When I Laugh is a film about family ties, friendship and coping in a competitive world.

Jan 31, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Only When I Laugh

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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

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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

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