A New Life (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

A New Life (1988)




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After 20 years of marriage, Steve Giardino (Alan Alda) and his wife Jackie (Ann-Margret) agree to a divorce in this situation comedy. The focus is on both of them as they suffer through matchmaking, blind dates, and their new life as eligible singles. Donna (Mary Kay Place) is Jackie's friend, while Mel Arons (Hal Linden) is the confidante of the vain but likeable Steve. Steven worries that he will never find anyone decent to date until he meets the pretty Dr. Kay Hutton (Veronica Hamel). Jackie is enamored with a sculptor (John Shea) before his glaring faults become too much for her. While Jackie's new relationship is on the outs, Steve prepares for a new life with Kay.

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Alan Alda
as Steve
Hal Linden
as Mel Arons
Veronica Hamel
as Dr. Kay Hutton
Celia Weston
as Eleanor
Alec Mapa
as Sybil
Alan Jordan
as Steve's Lawyer
Malcolm Stewart
as Suitor #1
Barry Flatman
as Suitor #2
Vince Metcalfe
as Suitor #3
Michael Kirby
as Dr. Dave Salisman
Janet Bailey
as Teacher
Fiona Reid
as Sylvia
Stephen Hunter
as Ultrasound Doctor
Mary Ann Coles
as O.B. Nurse
Eve Crawford
as Jackie's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for A New Life

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Alda's purpose is to show us fairly typical people going through fairly typical things. They live, we watch. On that voyeuristic level, the movie works.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Has little of importance to say about marriage, divorce, or the dating game. And the four lead characters are thoroughly uninteresting.

August 27, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Beautifully understated work by Hal Linden and John Shea suffocated by Alda's self-indulgent, surface-dwelling fortysomething angst.

August 3, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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