Living Out Loud (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Living Out Loud (1998)



Critic Consensus: Unoriginal, with one-dimensional characters.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Lynzee Klingman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
New Line Home Entertainment


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
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 ...
Carmit Bachar
as Confessional Dancer ...
Monique Chambers
as Confessional Dancer ...
Donielle Artese
as Confessional Dancer ...
Aisha Dubone
as Confessional Dancer ...
Shawnette Heard
as Confessional Dancer ...
Tanika Ray
as Confessional Dancer ...
Laurie Sposit
as Confessional Dancer ...
Adrian Young
as Confessional Dancer ...
Roger Nehls
as Married Couple in La...
Mary Schmidtberger
as Married Couple in La...
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 Waitr...
Laura Jane Salvato
as Neo-Natal AIDS Volun...
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 (59) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2005
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2007
Seattle Weekly

Audience Reviews for Living Out Loud

Great movie...

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 : )

Super Reviewer

Great movie, great acting, great music, deeply moving, relatable... Holly Hunter superbly understated and brilliant-check out the disco scene. The low ratings here and elsewhere which this movie got are baffling to everyone I know that has seen it. So, if you care about what this site thinks, more than what people like you may thing, skip it, but I don't suggest that you do so.

David L

Living Out Loud Quotes

Judith: When you lay in the gutter, you can see underneath people better than usual.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Judith: What's so important about living longer and feeling safe?
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Judith: I can't stand those terrorists. They're so mad at everybody. I wish they'd just get over it! Maybe I should adopt a crack baby--send it to a good school.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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