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My Life

A movie directed by Bruce Joel Rubin

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'Dying is a really hard way to learn about life'...Keaton

  • Jul 9, 2000
Pros: Story line, acting, interaction with family members

Cons: The tragedy of the loss

Browsing the channels the other evening I ran across the viewing of MY LIFE. I had seen this movie some time ago but thought I would watch it again and I am glad I did.

Michael Keaton is one of those actors that adapt to any role that is offered him. He was too cute in Mr. Mom (and believable), a riot in Beetlejuice, and Lordy, in that Batman outfit (he was the best by far). However the character he plays in this movie seemed made for his acting talent.

In the first place, he is an overworked (his choice) over achiever that has a loving side as well. He is reluctant to let this side appear in most instances however. In addition, he seemed to be very distrustful, but willing to go that extra mile for his wife (his treatments for cancer). In the end all he wanted was to go on living but you know from the beginning of the movie that will not happen.

His transformation throughout this movie is fantastic. His interaction with his personal family and with his wife (Nicole Kidman) are wonderful. In addition, when he starts the filming process for his unborn son, you just have to laugh - and cry. You want him to get better because suddenly he is a much different person.

Nicole Kidman (not a favorite of mine) was really good in this movie. She gave a warm and loving portrayal of a woman facing the end of her marriage and the beginning of a new life with her child. And God, isn't she beautiful? Her support for her husband in this role is believable and her ability to lure him into a better relationship with his family is to be applauded.

The birthing scene was one of the best in the movie. Not only did Kidman portray giving birth very thoroughly, but also Keaton absolutely destroys you when he looks at his child, gives Kidman a hug and then just has that blank look on his face. He also forgot the camera thing, something he had been hauling around throughout the entire pregnancy.

The details of his past show you how and why he became the man he was. What drove him to excel in his profession and provide a loving and secure life for his family.

The really shining moments in the movie are the interaction with the spiritual healer and his insights, the circus the family has in the backyard, the moments he spends with his new son and the touching goodbye they share as he fades away.

In all, the movie is well worth watching for the first time viewer and not hard to handle if you have seen it before. It is a good movie for someone facing similar circumstances or someone that has faced these problems. Michael Keaton may well be one of the unsung heroes in the acting community.


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Bob Jones (Michael Keaton) is diagnosed with terminal cancer just as his wife Gail (Nicole Kidman) learns she is pregnant with the couple's first child. Realizing he might die before the child is born, Bob decides to make a video about his life so that his child will someday be able to know him. In making the video, Bob embarks on a journey of self-discovery and decides to reconcile with his past, including a years-long estrangement with his own father.
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Director: Bruce Joel Rubin
Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (April 24, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 57min
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