This is My Life (1992)

“Maybe the hell you know,is a lot better than the one you don’t. ” – Jordan Strang

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 9 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring comedienne tries to juggle her newfound career and her two young daughters.

My Take on it – Amazing idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope it could and slightly misses the mark.

Julie Kavner (of Marge Simpson fame) is great in the lead role and is able to show off her comic timing throughout.

The story is able to show the complex kind of life that comedians need to live as they aspire to be the next great thing in the comedy world.

The story plays out quite well and allows us to learn so much about the way that this profession was viewed 30 years ago.

The supporting cast is also great with Dan Aykroyd and Carrie Fisher in key roles.

In addition Samantha Mathis and Gaby Hoffman play Kavner’s daughters in a very realistic fashion throughout.

The film’s has a great score based on the song Love of My Life by Carly Simon.

Check out the song here:

The eclectic characters of this film are so much fun to watch as they do some very crazy things along the way.

This film was written by Nora Ephron and was her directorial debut, just one year before she became a household name with Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

The story has a great mix of comedic and dramatic moments and is able to make both types work quite well.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dottie reveals on a talk show that she hails from Ozone Park, Queens, a town famed for its connection to John Gotti and the Gambino crime family, and that she worked at the cosmetics counter at the Macy’s located on Queens Blvd in Rego Park, Queens. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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