This Is My Life

This Is My Life

Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Julie Kavner, Samantha Mathis, Gaby Hoffmann

     
 
Based on the book by Meg Wolitzer, This Is My Life is the directorial debut for Nora Ephron, who adapted the script with sister, Delia Ephron. Dottie Engels (Julie Kavner) is a single mother with aspirations of becoming a standup comedian. When her Aunt Harriet dies, Dottie gets an apartment in Manhattan with her daughters, teenaged Erica (Samantha Mathis) and

Overview

Based on the book by Meg Wolitzer, This Is My Life is the directorial debut for Nora Ephron, who adapted the script with sister, Delia Ephron. Dottie Engels (Julie Kavner) is a single mother with aspirations of becoming a standup comedian. When her Aunt Harriet dies, Dottie gets an apartment in Manhattan with her daughters, teenaged Erica (Samantha Mathis) and ten-year-old Opal (Gaby Hoffmann). Soon, Dottie's career is taking off and her agent, Claudia Curtis (Carrie Fisher), gets her on a comedy tour. Everything seems to work out well for Dottie, except that her daughters are left without a mother. Erica, who has just started dating Jordan (Danny Zorn) gets especially mad when she hears Dottie talking about her personal information on a talk show. The two girls are further upset with their mother's choice for a boyfriend, Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd). Eventually, Erica and Opal try to track down their real father, Norm (Louis di Banco), in upstate New York.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Nora Ephron's debut feature, which she co-wrote with her sister Delia Ephron, is a warmhearted coming-of-age drama where comedy figures in the narrative yet does not make the movie that funny. Narrated mostly from estranged daughter Erica's (Samantha Mathis) point of view, This Is My Life follows a predictable path to tell the story of a single mother torn between her standup comedy career and watching her two daughters grow up. It's a noble character arc with the talented voice of Marge Simpson (Julie Kavner) in the role of the mother, Dottie. Unfortunately, the jokes just aren't that funny, and the stronger story line lies with dour Erica and her optimistic little sister, Opal (Gaby Hoffmann), who miss their mother and resent her career choice. Some funny character quirks do appear in the small roles of eccentric big-city agents played by Carrie Fisher and Dan Aykroyd, but such attempts fail in the neurotic bunch of baby-sitters who tell more stale jokes. This Is My Life does take a sitcom approach to the material, but the strong cast and the conflict between mother and daughter for protagonist make it a worthwhile exploration of show-biz families.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0024543848707
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
46,470

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Kavner Dottie Ingels
Samantha Mathis Erica Ingels
Gaby Hoffmann Opal Ingels
Carrie Fisher Claudia Curtis
Dan Aykroyd Arnold Moss
Danny Zorn Jordan
Ellen Cleghorne TV Talk Show Host
Juliet Taylor Actor
Rabbi Joel Y. Zion Rabbi
Bob Nelson Ed
Welker White Lynn
Caroline Aaron Martha Ingels
Renee Lippin Arlene
Joy Behar Ruby
Estelle Harris Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus Morris Chesler
David Eisner Oliver
Annie Golden Marianne
Tim Blake Nelson Dennis
Patrick Rose Gary Garry
Valri Bromfield Dawna
Kate McGregor-Stewart Jordan's Mom
Diane Sokolow Charlene
Tom Wood Billy
Louis di Bianco Norm Ingels
Barbara Stewart Joanna
Sylvia Kauders Evelyn
Faye Cohen Evelyn's Daughter
Theresa Tova Rochelle
Marcia de Bonis Linda
Heather Brown Jessica
Billy Van Agent
Bob Zidel Mr. Kaminski
John E. Johnson Martin
Joseph Mastrodominico Moving Man
Max Bernstein 1st Tree Boy
Oly Obst 2nd Tree Boy
Renessa Blitz Lisa
Jacob Bernstein 3rd Tree Boy
Zoe Hayes Girl in Mouse Costume
Lisa Boynton Shawn
Audrey Webb Mrs. Fabricant
Katherine Greenwood Young Matron
Eric R. Mendelsohn Ice Cream Parlor Waiter
Bo Dietl Detective Wheedle
Marita Geraghty Mia Jablon
Kathy Najimy Angela
Harvey Miller Lester

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Screenwriter
Patricia Birch Choreography
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
David Chapman Production Designer
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Delia Ephron Screenwriter
Carole Isenberg Producer
Michael R. Joyce Co-producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Matis Production Designer
Tom McDermott Art Director
Lynda Obst Producer
Robert Reitano Editor
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Carly Simon Score Composer
Jon Spirson Art Director

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