Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1992. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, based on the book This Is Your Life by Meg Wolitzer. Cinematography by Bobby Byrne. Produced by Lynda Obst. Music by Carly Simon. Production Design by David Chapman. Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland. Film Editing by Robert M. Reitano.
Julie Kavner stars as a single mother who is struggling to make a life for herself as a stand-up comedian. Samantha Mathis and Gaby Hoffmann are terrific as her confused daughters experiencing the worst ravages of growing pains, but what really makes this film memorable is that the fantastic Kavner finally gets the lead role. Unfortunately, Nora Ephron’s direction is unmemorable and her script even more so, and even Kavner’s stand-up jokes aren’t really all that funny. A waste of opportunity for her, but fans will still get something out of watching it.