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James Lapine, whose Broadway credits as a writer/director includes work with Stephen Sondheim, made his Hollywood debut with this comedy. Michael J. Fox plays Michael Chapman, who once upon a time was a wise-cracking child star on a situation comedy called "Life With Mikey." Now in his thirties and on the skids, Michael makes personal appearances at grand openings of hamburger stands, and runs an unsuccessful talent agency specializing in kids with his brother Ed Nathan Lane. The agency's only successful client ...
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James Lapine, whose Broadway credits as a writer/director includes work with Stephen Sondheim, made his Hollywood debut with this comedy. Michael J. Fox plays Michael Chapman, who once upon a time was a wise-cracking child star on a situation comedy called "Life With Mikey." Now in his thirties and on the skids, Michael makes personal appearances at grand openings of hamburger stands, and runs an unsuccessful talent agency specializing in kids with his brother Ed Nathan Lane. The agency's only successful client is Barry Corman David Krumholtz, a fourteen-year-old with an attitude who is known as "the cereal king" for his appearances on television commercials. Ed is trying to talk Michael into closing the agency and Barry is threatening to go elsewhere when a sprightly 10-year-old reprobate named Angie Christina Vidal tries to pick his pocket. When Angie delivers a heart-rendering tale of questionable honesty about being an orphan from Queens, Michael realizes that Angie would be perfect for a Sunburst Cookie commercial. She clicks in the commercial, and both her career and the agency's soar. In the meantime, Angie movies in with Michael, and as they bond, Michael realizes how to act like an adult and Angie realizes how to act like a child.
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All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Directors who have great success in the theatre are often lured to film through either talent or ego, with naturally varying degrees of success, such as Sam Mendes and his work on American Beauty. Another noted stage director, James Lapine, perhaps best known for his work with Steven Sondheim, took the plunge with the well-intentioned comedy Life With Mikey, featuring Michael J. Fox as a former child star turned agent and Nathan Lane in one of his first major film roles as his brother. What's disappointing is how disjointed the film is, considering that it has some very funny moments, particularly from the younger cast which features Christina Vidal and David Krumholtz, who has perhaps the single best line in the film when he compares himself to Job. Unfortunately, the viewer may also feel like Job when the film is finished. Fox tries hard and he's rather likable but everything seems forced, particularly his scenes where he and Vidal are supposed to be expanding their relationship from agent/client to genuine affection. The overall idea is pretty sound, it's just never fully realized. It's obvious that Fox is supposed to prevent Vidal from having the miserable show business childhood he had, but it's never clear that they are moving in the right direction despite the feel-good ending. Perhaps the most interesing thing to be said for the film is the huge number of theater folk who have been given cameos, including the playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang but unless one is a true maven of the theater, you don't know it's them unless you sit through the end credits. By that time, it's probably too late. Cyndi Lauper also does a somewhat credible appearance as the secretary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1994
  • UPC: 765362010035
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael J. Fox Michael Chapman
Christina Vidal Angie Vega
Nathan Lane Ed Chapman
Cyndi Lauper Geena Briganti
David Krumholtz Barry Corman
David Huddleston Mr. Corcoran
Victor Garber Brian Spiro
Ruben Blades Angie's Father
Robin Byrd Bambi
Christopher Durang Santa
John Lyons
Frances Chaney Mrs.Cantrell
Kathryn Grody Mrs.Corman
Mary Alice Mrs.Gordon
Annabelle Gurwitch Debbie
Tony Hendra Cookie Commercial Director
Mario Todisco Driver
Christine Baranski Carol
Laura Bundy Courtney Aspinall
Brenda Currin George's Mom
Heather MacRae Mrs.Tobin
Aida Turturro Officer Moran
Paula Garcés Janice
Ralph Small Mr.Wasserman
Dylan Baker Mr.Burns
Kate Burton Mrs.Burns
Ann Lawrence Concerned Woman
Hrant Alianak Cereal Commercial Director
Jerry Lawler The Lobotomizer
Anaysha Figueroa Kimberly Denise Jackson
Michelle Moffett Kimberly's Mom
Carlton Watson Galaxy Waiter
Eve Crawford Courtney's Mom
Marcell Rosenblatt Tiffany's Mom
Silvio Oliviero Marker
Mandy Patinkin Irate Man
Jessica Wilson New York Singer
Frank Crudele Passerby
Michael Rupert Harrison
Sean Power Lenny
Stephen Bogardus Man 1
Kelli Fox Marilyn
Kevin Zegers Little Mikey
Technical Credits
James Lapine Director
David Coatsworth Production Designer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Davis Art Director
Rob Hahn Cinematographer
Marc Lawrence Co-producer, Screenwriter
Robert Leighton Editor
Adrianne Lobel Production Designer
William Ivey Long Costumes/Costume Designer
John Lyons Casting
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Diane Martel Choreography
Alan Menken Score Composer
Scott Rudin Producer
Teri Schwartz Producer
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i remember this movie

    i remember watching this movie on tv one time its a good movie and i really like Micheal J Fox he's a taltend actor even in back to the future he was wonderful this is one of those 90 films i think 1993 was the year of this movie anyway its a cool movie i sure like it i really do

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