My Life (film)

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My Life
My life poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruce Joel Rubin
Produced byHunt Lowry
Bruce Joel Rubin
Jerry Zucker
Written byBruce Joel Rubin
StarringMichael Keaton
Nicole Kidman
Queen Latifah
Haing S. Ngor
Music byJohn Barry
CinematographyPeter James
Edited byRichard Chew
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (USA), Capella Films/Intl. (Intl)
Release datesNovember 12, 1993
Running time117 minutes
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown
Box office$27,484,464 (USA)
 
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My Life
My life poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruce Joel Rubin
Produced byHunt Lowry
Bruce Joel Rubin
Jerry Zucker
Written byBruce Joel Rubin
StarringMichael Keaton
Nicole Kidman
Queen Latifah
Haing S. Ngor
Music byJohn Barry
CinematographyPeter James
Edited byRichard Chew
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (USA), Capella Films/Intl. (Intl)
Release datesNovember 12, 1993
Running time117 minutes
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown
Box office$27,484,464 (USA)

My Life is a 1993 American film starring Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman and directed by Bruce Joel Rubin.[1] With a PG-13 rating, this film's North American box office gross was $28 million.

Plot[edit]

Detroit, Michigan, 1963: Bob Ivanovich is a young boy, who prays one night for a circus in his backyard the next day after school. After school the next day, he runs home eagerly, followed by his friends. To his disappointment, no circus awaits. Angrily, Bob retreats to the closet in his room, his personal retreat space.

Thirty years later, Bob Jones (Keaton) now runs a Los Angeles public relations firm. He is happily married to Gail (Kidman), who is pregnant with their first child. Bob is horrified to learn that he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness (kidney cancer) and might not live to see their baby born.

Bob begins to make home movies, to immortalize himself, to be shown after his death to his son, so he'll know who his father was, showing him how to cook spaghetti, how to drive, etc. He also begins to visit a Chinese healer named Mr. Ho (Dr. Haing S. Ngor), who urges him to listen to his heart, which is calling him to forgive, and that life is always giving him invitations if he would but listen. At his wife's urging, they fly to his hometown of Detroit to attend the wedding of his brother Paul (Whitford). While in the area, Bob visits his childhood home. Also while there, they attempt to mend fences with his estranged family, which does not go well. Bob criticizes his brother for not moving to California like he did, and his father resents Bob moving thousands of miles away and changing his name.

Bob returns to California with a heavy heart, sadly saying to his wife, "This is my last trip home." During a visit with Mr. Ho, he advises Bob to go into his heart "soon." Bob teaches his son by camera how to shave, play basketball, and how to start a car by jumper cable. He also confronts a childhood fear by finally riding a formidable roller coaster. During the ride, a young companion urges him to let go of the railing as the descent begins, but Bob firmly holds on. (A metaphor of his fear of letting go of life.) He is living on borrowed time—beyond the date the doctors gave him, as he says to his wife after getting off the coaster, "Today is D-Day. Death Day. I was supposed to be dead by today."

Gail's contractions increase, and soon she is in the hospital, to give birth to their baby. Bob and Gail have a happy time with their newborn but soon, Bob's condition worsens, now that the cancer has reached his brain. Hospice care is arranged for Bob. Bob makes a final visit to Mr. Ho, and asks him what the light is he keeps seeing. Mr. Ho replies it is "the life of the self" and urges him to get his "house in order (life and personal affairs)."

A hospice nurse, Theresa (Queen Latifah), moves in to help, but Bob is sinking fast. Bob and Gail finally call his family to inform them of what's going on. Bob's family comes west for the first time to visit. Bob makes peace with his family at last. Bob's childhood wish is finally granted by a circus in the backyard.

As his father shaves him, Bob shows that he has at last made peace by telling his father he loves him. Bob finally comes to terms with his life as he dies peacefully, surrounded by the loving, supportive bosom of his family. Next is shown Bob on a metaphysical roller coaster, this time letting go of the railing, raising his arms freely in the air this time, metaphorically letting go of life, and finally enjoying the ride of life. Bob rides toward a beautiful, shining, ethereal light. (Presumably Heaven.) A year later, his son and wife watch him on video, reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to his son.

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Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mixed reviews.[2] Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 44% based on 18 reviews.[3]

Box Office[edit]

My Life opened with a strong opening at No.3 at the Box office.[4]

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