Second Annual Barrymore Blogathon – Irreconcilable Differences (1984)


This is the first of three posts dedicated to the Second Annual Barrymore Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!


irreconcilable“Yesterday I found a cobweb on my diaphragm. ” – Lucy

Number of Times Seen – at least 2 (cable in the 80’s and 9 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl decides to take her parents to court in order to get divorced from them.

My Take on it – For this year’s choices for the Barrymore Blogathon, I decided to go with movies featuring one of the youngest of the family, Drew.

We all have been enamored by her ever since she showed up in E.T. (1982) and her resume is quite long.

For this blogathon, I chose to review three of her films from 3 different parts of her life; her child years, her teenage/twenty-ish years and her more adult years.

To start off, I chose this film because despite seeing it once years and years ago, I didn’t recall much about it.

I lied how they tell us a story of the lives of three people without giving us much background as to why we are being told all this.

The three leads are great here and I especially liked the chemistry between Shelly Long and Ryan O’Neal.   Drew is great as their daughter who constantly tries to gain and regain the affection of her parents.

The whole family dynamics portrayed here seem quite believable and real.

I found that the way that this film gives us insider insights into the Hollywood relationship/marriage is great and is quite educational.

The way that it also exposes us to the “plight” of Hollywood kids also works extremely well.

Not perfect, but still extremely enjoyable.

Bottom Line – All three leads are great here and the story seems quite believeable.  It’s quite interesting how it gives us so much insights into how Hollywood marriages work and don’t work and more importantly, how it effects the kids. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At fifteen years old, Drew Barrymore legally emancipated herself from her parents. In 2009, she told 60 Minutes (1968) that she had first learned such a thing was possible from starring in this movie six years earlier.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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7 thoughts on “Second Annual Barrymore Blogathon – Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

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  3. Hi Rob. Thanks so much for your triple duty for the blogathon. I admire your efforts. Sorry I’m late commenting. I’ve been sick, and am only now getting back into the fold.

    I’ve also just announced another blogathon, and would love to invite you participate. The link is below with more details.

    https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/announcing-the-agnes-moorehead-blogathon/

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