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Living Out Loud (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Unoriginal, with one-dimensional characters.

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Noted screenwriter Richard LaGravenese made his directorial debut with this dramatic comedy about two unlikely people who find each other while looking for love. Judith Nelson (Holly Hunter) is suddenly single after discovering her husband of fifteen years, a successful doctor (Martin Donovan), has been having an affair with a younger woman. Judith stews, plans, plots and fantasizes, but she can't decide what to do with her life until she goes out to a night club to see singer Liz Bailey (Queen Latifah), who is full of advice on life and love. While out on the town, Judith is suddenly kissed by a total stranger, which opens her eyes to new possibilities ... which is when she notices Pat (Danny De Vito), the elevator operator in her building. Pat's life is in even worse shape than Judith's; his wife has thrown him out for gambling, he's in debt to loan sharks, he's sleeping on the couch of his more successful brother, and his daughter is dying. At first Pat borrows money from Judith, but when the two start talking, they realize they have more in common than they imagined. LaGravenese based his screenplay on a pair of short stories by Anton Chekhov.

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Cast

Holly Hunter
as Judith Nelson
Queen Latifah
as Liz Bailey
Eddie Cibrian
as The Masseur
Elias Koteas
as The Kisser
Ellen McElduff
as Crying Woman
Ivan Kronenfeld
as Angry Boyfriend
Fil Formicola
as Santi's Man
Nick Sandow
as Santi's Man
Jenette Goldstein
as Fanny, Pat's Wife
Lin Shaye
as Lisa's Nurse
Tamlyn Tomita
as Bob's Wife
Henry Woronicz
as Fifth Avenue Parent
Taylor Leigh
as Fifth Avenue Parent
Robin McDonald (II)
as Heckled Singer
Yolanda Snowball
as Jasper's Waitress
Deborah Geffner
as Woman with Makeup
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Teenage Judith
Christian Hill
as Teenage Lover
Ed Fry
as Formal Dress Man
Judith Regan
as Formal Dress Woman
Sean Dooley
as Late Teenager
Terry Rhoads
as Across Hall Man
Susan Reno
as Across Hall Woman
Claudia Shear
as Drunken Fan
Sybil Azur
as Confessional Dancer No. 1
Carmit Bachar
as Confessional Dancer No. 2
Monique Chambers
as Confessional Dancer No. 3
Donielle Artese
as Confessional Dancer No. 4
Aisha Dubone
as Confessional Dancer No. 5
Shawnette Heard
as Confessional Dancer No. 6
Tanika Ray
as Confessional Dancer No. 7
Laurie Sposit
as Confessional Dancer No. 8
Adrian Young
as Confessional Dancer No. 9
Roger Nehls
as Married Couple in Lawyer's Office
Mary Schmidtberger
as Married Couple in Lawyer's Office
Lou Richards
as Judith's Lawyer
Tom Howard
as Bob's Lawyer
Michael Clair Miller
as Couple's Lawyer
Willie Garson
as Man in Elevator
Ellen Buckley
as Pat & Judith's Waitress
Laura Jane Salvato
as Neo-Natal AIDS Volunteer
Hattie Winston
as Hospital Nurse
Mario Piccirillo
as Cousin Louie
Carole Ruggier
as Italian Girlfriend
Michael James
as Guitar, Vocals
Gerald Albright
as Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson
as Baritone Saxophone
Justo Almario
as Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Trombetta Jr.
as Tenor Saxophone
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Critic Reviews for Living Out Loud

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

This feminist comedy shot through with fantasies about the travails of newly single womanhood strikes some rich chords, but doesn't quite put together a complete tune.

April 27, 2005

'Living Out Loud' presents the delightful surprise of Danny DeVito as a romantic lead. And he also sings!

July 12, 2013 | Full Review…

... made up of magical moments of revelation that are the film's strength as well as its ultimate weakness.

April 30, 2007 | Full Review…

If you live in Manhattan, you know women like Judith (Holly Hunter), the 40-something, Upper East Side divorce who put her ex-husband through medical school.

March 28, 2006 | Full Review…

... there is always a market for these kid of sleek, superficial movies about the redemptive power of being true to your own nature

November 1, 2002 | Rating: D

A wonderful film from beginning to end, one that is honest, genuinely funny, and poignant.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Living Out Loud

Great movie...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Mahalo, Joanna, this was a good one. Danny DeVito. Truly underrated. This is worth seeing just because of his performance.

For those flixster friends who have been following my evolving thinking on the term "bittersweet," this is another movie which captures that mood. Neither tragic nor comic, and certainly not classically tragi-comic, there is a wistfulness to this film whiich, for me, can only be called bittersweet. After the horrible life he has had, the most receint blow being the death of his daughter, DeVito is on an upward curve. You know that his life has turned around.

For Hunter, it is a different story. It is easy to believe that, as DeVito departs her life, she may have many more downward trending days ahead. It is sad, but it is so true in life. You make choces at moments that can lead you to the top, or send you rushing toward the abyss.

A beautifully quiet and thoughtful movie.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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