That's Life! (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

That's Life! (1986)




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Blake Edwards co-wrote and directed this seriocomedy about a couple of rich and famous Malibuans forced to re-examine their lives and values during a weekend party celebrating the husband's 60th birthday. Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews star as Harvey and Gillian Fairchild. Harvey is a successful architect who has attained his wealth by flattering his rich clients and compromising his ideals. Although he has everything he could want out of life, he is still unhappy. He looks at himself in the mirror and sees a middle-aged man who hates himself, feels that his children don't love him, and thinks that he is dying. Gillian, a successful singer, tries to bolster his self-confidence so that he can have a wonderful birthday. But she has problems of her own -- she has just returned from her doctor, who has informed her that she may have throat cancer. The doctor won't know for sure until the tests come back on Monday. In the meantime, Gillian tries to keep up a brave front for Harvey's celebration.


Jack Lemmon
as Harvey Fairchild
Julie Andrews
as Gillian Faichild
Sally Kellerman
as Holly Parrish
Robert Loggia
as Father Baragone
Jennifer Edwards
as Megan Fairchild Bartlet
Robert Knepper
as Steve Larwin
Matt Lattanzi
as Larry Bartlet
Chris Lemmon
as Josh Fairchild
Cynthia Sikes
as Janice Kern
Dana Sparks
as Fanny Ward
Emma Walton
as Kate Fairchild
Felicia Farr
as Mme. Carrie
Jordan Christopher
as Dr. Keith Romanis
Biff Elliot
as Belmont
Hal Riddle
as Phil Carlson
Sherry P. Sievert
as Receptionist
Scott L. Gehrig
as Anesthesiologist
Joe Lopes
as Band Leader
James Umphlett
as Party Guest
Frann Bradford
as Party Guest
Jess G. Henecke
as Jesse Grant
Ken Gehrig
as Injured Man in E.R.
Donna McMullen
as Woman in E.R.
Scott L. McKenna
as Anesthesiologist
Charles Schneider
as Dr. Gerald Spelner
Cora Bryant
as Histotechnologist
Robin Foster
as Histotechnologist
Eddie Vail
as Surfer
Ernie Anderson
as TV Announcer
Harry Birrell
as Radio Announcer
Deborah Figuly
as Surfer Girl
Larry Holt
as Stuntman
Gene Hartline
as Stuntman
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Critic Reviews for That's Life!

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

That's Life has many moments of truth and some good performances. But it's not all of a piece; not every scene seems to have been thought through on the same level. Tone is everything in a film like this.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...a meandering, hit-and-miss endeavor that benefits substantially from its predictably stellar performances...

February 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The short script lacks originality, but the abilities of the director and actor allow it to stay afloat. [Full Review in Spanish]

June 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Lemmon excels in this small family project.

December 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Blake Edwards misfire has stellar cast

October 24, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Crisis-driven melodrama, all very glossy and tasteful, and it tastefully tires, too.

March 9, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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