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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

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In this human-scale drama/comedy, a pair of Beverly Hills parents, Albert (Ryan O'Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long) first come together as a couple interested in writing (she) and teaching (he), but Albert's life takes an upscale turn when he starts both writing and then directing in Hollywood. As he becomes successful, Lucy is forced to burrow into her own writing in self-defense, and after her book is well-received, she is compensated a little for Albert's lack of attention and philandering. After Hollywood and its well-known flaws are sketched out in the increasingly strained marriage, the story reaches its primary focus: Albert and Lucy's 9-year-old daughter Casey (Drew Barrymore) talks to a lawyer because she wants to sue her parents for divorce. She gets no hugs or affection, and precious little attention, and she would prefer to go live with the maid. Given the parents' celebrity, the case receives wide press -- and the family begins to reconsider where it is going and why. Although a bit long, especially in the first half which wanders off course a little, the story is engaging enough (especially for Hollywood buffs) to balance any weaknesses.

Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as Albert Brodsky
Shelley Long
as Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
Drew Barrymore
as Casey Brodsky
Sam Wanamaker
as David Kessler
Allen Garfield
as Phil Hanner
Sharon Stone
as Blake Chandler
Hortensia Colorado
as Maria Hernandez
Kim Marriner
as Reporter
Wendy Gordon
as Reporter
Ken Gale
as Reporter
Deborah Cody
as Reporter
Mark May
as Reporter
Annie Meyers-Shyer
as Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman
as Woman on the Street
David Paymer
as Alan Sluiser
Larry Margo
as Court Clerk
Lorinne Vozoff
as Judge Shalack
Larry Marko
as Court Clerk
Ida Random
as Woman at Party
Steffen Zacharias
as Man at Party
Laura Campbell
as Up-tight Woman
Verna Cornelius
as Englishwoman at Party
Johna Stewart
as Little Casey
Don Benjamin
as Whispering Man
Jaid Barrymore
as Whispering Woman
Kelly Lange
as Anchorperson
Rex Reed (II)
as Entertainment Editor
Irv Meyers
as Man in Bar
Irving Meyers
as Man in Bar
William A. Fraker
as Cinematographer
Beverlee Reed
as Dotty Chandler
Eloise Hardt
as Elaine Kessler
Art Bradley
as Handsome Party Guest
Gregory Hodal
as Atlanta Preacher
Carl Byrd
as Sound Man
Dana Kaminski
as Woman in Dress Shop
Luana Anders
as Atlanta Widow
Dana Kaminsky
as Woman in Dress Shop
Arlin Miller
as Radio Newscaster
Ken Lerner
as Doctor
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Writer-director Charles Shyer and writer Nancy Meyers fill their movie with fresh dialogue and Hollywood-insider tidbits, and the roles couldn't be more aptly cast.

Full Review… | May 5, 2013
Creative Loafing

There is a marvelous balance in that we have an equal rooting interest in each of the main characters. It isn't a mere satire.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
KyleSmithOnline.com

I had much more sympathy for the child in the film and, sadly, she takes a back seat.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
7M Pictures

We like these people even as they sink further and further into a black hole, and we root for their sensible, level-headed, uncommonly mature daughter to set them straight.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Filmcritic.com

Buscando as lágrimas ou o riso do espectador de forma maniqueísta, o filme chega a se confundir, tentando fazer graça com o sofrimento de uma criança.

February 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Irreconcilable Differences

Love this! I wish kids really did take their parents to court for neglect.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

This fantastic drama gives you a new look on divorced families. It has a great cast, and it's also a bit funny too. I love it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Irreconcilable Differences begins strongly as a human comedy about a nine-year-old who decides to take legal action to divorce her parents. Unfortunately, this premise is soon jettisoned for a rather familiar tale of a marriage turned sour as shown step-by-step.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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