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Irreconcilable Differences (1984)




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In this human-scale drama/comedy, a pair of Beverly Hills parents, Albert (Ryan O'Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long) first come together as a couple interested in writing (she) and teaching (he), but Albert's life takes an upscale turn when he starts both writing and then directing in Hollywood. As he becomes successful, Lucy is forced to burrow into her own writing in self-defense, and after her book is well-received, she is compensated a little for Albert's lack of attention and philandering. After Hollywood and its well-known flaws are sketched out in the increasingly strained marriage, the story reaches its primary focus: Albert and Lucy's 9-year-old daughter Casey (Drew Barrymore) talks to a lawyer because she wants to sue her parents for divorce. She gets no hugs or affection, and precious little attention, and she would prefer to go live with the maid. Given the parents' celebrity, the case receives wide press -- and the family begins to reconsider where it is going and why. Although a bit long, especially in the first half which wanders off course a little, the story is engaging enough (especially for Hollywood buffs) to balance any weaknesses.


Ryan O'Neal
as Albert Brodsky
Shelley Long
as Lucy Van Patten Brodsky
Drew Barrymore
as Casey Brodsky
Sam Wanamaker
as David Kessler
Allen Garfield
as Phil Hanner
Sharon Stone
as Blake Chandler
Hortensia Colorado
as Maria Hernandez
Kim Marriner
as Reporter
Wendy Gordon
as Reporter
Ken Gale
as Reporter
Deborah Cody
as Reporter
Mark May
as Reporter
Annie Meyers-Shyer
as Little Girl in Crowd
Lauren Hartman
as Woman on the Street
David Paymer
as Alan Sluiser
Larry Margo
as Court Clerk
Lorinne Vozoff
as Judge Shalack
Ida Random
as Woman at Party
Larry Marko
as Court Clerk
Steffen Zacharias
as Man at Party
Laura Campbell
as Up-tight Woman
Verna Cornelius
as Englishwoman at Party
Johna Stewart
as Little Casey
Don Benjamin
as Whispering Man
Jaid Barrymore
as Whispering Woman
Kelly Lange
as Anchorperson
Rex Reed (II)
as Entertainment Editor
Irv Meyers
as Man in Bar
Irving Meyers
as Man in Bar
William A. Fraker
as Cinematographer
Beverlee Reed
as Dotty Chandler
Eloise Hardt
as Elaine Kessler
Art Bradley
as Handsome Party Guest
Gregory Hodal
as Atlanta Preacher
Carl Byrd
as Sound Man
Dana Kaminski
as Woman in Dress Shop
Luana Anders
as Atlanta Widow
Dana Kaminsky
as Woman in Dress Shop
Arlin Miller
as Radio Newscaster
Ken Lerner
as Doctor
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Irreconcilable Differences is sometimes cute, and is about mean parents, but it also is one of the funnier and more intelligent movies of 1984, and if viewers can work their way past the ungainly title, they're likely to have a surprisingly good time.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Dated comedy about divorce with sex, nudity, drugs.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Charles Shyer and writer Nancy Meyers fill their movie with fresh dialogue and Hollywood-insider tidbits, and the roles couldn't be more aptly cast.

May 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is a marvelous balance in that we have an equal rooting interest in each of the main characters. It isn't a mere satire.

April 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I had much more sympathy for the child in the film and, sadly, she takes a back seat.

April 28, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

We like these people even as they sink further and further into a black hole, and we root for their sensible, level-headed, uncommonly mature daughter to set them straight.

April 23, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Irreconcilable Differences

Love this! I wish kids really did take their parents to court for neglect.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

This fantastic drama gives you a new look on divorced families. It has a great cast, and it's also a bit funny too. I love it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Movie about a little girl who sued her parents for divorce. Drew is very sweet.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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