Normal Life

1996

Normal Life

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70%

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48%

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A seemingly ordinary couple jump the tracks into disaster in this drama based on a true story. Chris Anderson (Luke Perry) is a straight-arrow cop who meets Pam (Ashley Judd) after she's hurt in a barroom fight. He asks her to dance after helping to stop her bleeding, and it's love at first sight. While Chris plays by the rules, Pam likes to drink, smoke dope, spend money, and cause trouble, and while he wants to make her happy, her emotional instability makes this no easy task. After Chris is fired and takes a job as a security guard, he can no longer pay the bills that Pam is ringing up. He uses his knowledge of security systems to rob banks, and he discovers that he's good at it. Pam eventually finds out about Chris' sideline; the prospect of danger excites her sexually, and she insists on joining in for future robberies, goading him into a crime spree that leads to tragedy. While Normal Life was planned as a theatrical release, the film debuted on premium cable after disputes between the studio and director John McNaughton; despite this, the film earned positive reviews and a cult following.

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Cast

Ashley Judd
as Pam Anderson
Luke Perry
as Chris Anderson
Bruce A. Young
as Agent Parker
Jim True-Frost
as Mike Anderson
Penelope Milford
as Adele Anderson
Tom Towles
as Frank Anderson
Kate Walsh
as Cindy Anderson
Bryan McCann
as Justice of the Peace
Kevin Mukherji
as Homeowner
Brian McCann
as Justice of the Peace
Brian Blondell
as Toy Store Clerk
Grady Hutt
as Jeremy Anderson
Jonathan Lavan
as Funeral Director
Diane Dorsey
as Head Teller
Jennifer Chada
as FBI Technician
Tony Fitzpatrick
as New House Neighbor
Tony Mockus Jr.
as FBI Agent
Letitia Hicks
as Woman Customer
Eric Young
as Chris's Lawyer
Carlton Miller
as Prosecutor
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Critic Reviews for Normal Life

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Audience Reviews for Normal Life

  • Apr 02, 2011
    Who, besides Sharon Stone, plays an emotionally disturbed woman better than Ashley Judd? No one, and this movie proves that. A strong 2/3 makes up for a muddled last act.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2007
    This is another flick I watched in the middle of the night after having insomnia. It certainly held my interest but they were both too dysfunctional for me! Goes to prove that money does not buy happiness.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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