My Life

My Life

Director: Bruce Joel Rubin Cast: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford

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Bruce Joel Rubin's tearjerker My Life comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks are recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers, and information on the cast and crew. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar.In My Life, Michael Keaton stars as Bob Jones, who has just been informed that his wife Gail (Nicole Kidman) is pregnant with their first child. However, he has also been told he has kidney cancer that has spread to his lungs; the longest Bob is expected to live is four months, which will deny him the joy of witnessing the birth of his child. Raging within, he visits a Chinese healer, Mr. Ho (Haing S. Ngor), who encourages him to let go of all the anger and fear he has kept trapped inside himself. Bob proceeds to videotape himself, on the advice of Mr. Ho, where Bob will talk to his unborn child and discuss what he has learned in life. In the process of the videotape sessions, Bob discovers that his anger resides in his past with his family, and Bob reveals secrets that he has kept hidden from himself and his wife through the years.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
UPC: 0043396058538
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:57:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Bob Jones
Nicole Kidman Gail Jones
Bradley Whitford Paul Ivanovich
Queen Latifah Theresa
Haing S. Ngor Mr. Ho
Michael Constantine Bill Ivanovich
Rebecca Schull Rose Ivanovich
Toni Sawyer Doris
Romy Rosemont Anya Stasiuk
Lee Garlington Carol Sandman
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Mark Lowenthal Dr. Mills
Roger Mussenden Actor
Ruth de Sosa Young Rosie
Richard Schiff Young Bill
Mary Ann Thebus Miss Morgenstern
Brenda Strong Laura
Rudi Davis George
Mark Holton Sam
Bruce Jarchow Walter
Jane Morris Dorothy
Kenneth Tigar Dr. Califano
Ray Reinhardt Dr. Altman
Frank di Elsi Arnold Sherman
Billy L. Sullivan Rollercoaster Boy
Michael Gallagher Rollercoaster Friend
Dianne B. Shaw Detroit Mother
Sylvia Kauders Aunt Tekla
Vasek Simek Uncle Henry
Magda Harout Aunt Sonia
Susan Breslau Guest at Wedding
Charlotte Zucker Guest at Wedding
Blanche Rubin Guest at Wedding
Peggy Roeder Cousin
Oksana Fedunyszyn Cousin
James R. Sweeney Nestor Stasiuk
Ari B. Rubin Wedding Guest

Technical Credits
Bruce Joel Rubin Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Larz Anderson Special Effects
John Barry Score Composer
Richard Chew Editor
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Alan Edmisten Asst. Director
William M. Elvin Asst. Director
David Forrest Makeup
Larry Fulton Art Director
Hunt Lowry Producer
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Bob Mills Makeup
Gil Netter Executive Producer
Peter James Cinematographer
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
John Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Zucker Producer

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My Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
This movie is in fact, most people's lives, and therefore we can all sympathize and even relate to the character Bob Jones. This is not a sappy movie where the protagonist is dying and he leaves this legacy behind for all to benefit from because of some unreachable way of living. No, this story is quite the opposite. This is the story of a regular sinner whom people don't think very highly of and who also finds that he holds petty grudges against his family (told you this was everyone's story). While it looks like it might get preachy, it does not. This movie does not suggest ways for you to fix up your life in order to be a better person. Instead, it offers you a flashlight and gives you the opportunity to look deep into your heart to see if there's any unresolved issues lingering there. While I don't agree with the practice he chose to cure himself of cancer, I appreciate the deeper message that Bob must let go of his hatred if he doesn't want to die from that as well. While this film offers a generous amounts of laughs, I would be hard-pressed to meet a like-viewer of this film who did not at least come close to crying. Potential viewer, the tears will come. But don't let that stop you from allowing yourself the experince of My Life. Your heart will nearly break, but redemption shines at the peak of every great movie, and this is indeed a great movie.
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