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My Life (1993)

Michael Keaton , Nicole Kidman , Bruce Joel Rubin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Queen Latifah, Michael Constantine
  • Directors: Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Producers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Gil Netter, Hunt Lowry, Jerry Zucker, Kathryn J. McDermott
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F5MN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Life" on IMDb

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Michael Keaton is a young ad executive who discovers he is dying of cancer, just as he and his wifeare expecting their first child. Deciding to make a video of his life as a gift for the child he may never know, he embarks on a journey of self discovery, confronting his painful past.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the inevitable January 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully" - Samuel Johnson

Michael Keaton gives an effective and heart-felt performance as Bob Jones, a young, successful PR executive married to a beautiful woman (Nicole Kidman) who is expecting their first child. The bottom falls out of his life when he is diagnosed with a fatal illness, and only given months to live. He is forced to exam his life that he's really just been rushing through. Bob Jones not only has never stopped to smell the roses; he hasn't even noticed that they are there at all.

'My Life' is a realistic portrayl of what must go through one's mind when one is brought up short by such stunning news. Although the topic is certainly depressing, it is something we will all one day face. This is how one man deals with the terribly bad hand he has been dealt. Especially poignant is the fact that not only won't he probably be around to help raise his child, but he might not even make it long enough to see his child born. Heart-wrenching.

In several pivotal scenes, Jones decides to hope for a miracle, and visits an Asian healer (Haing Ngor who starred in 'The Killing Fields') who tells him that he has too much anger and hurt in him. Jones resists the whole notion of exploring how he got to where he is, at least for a while. His anger at his family is one point of anger he must struggle with.

Keaton does an excellent job here. We see flashes of the actor we saw in 'Mr. Mom' and earlier movies, sort of a lovable, good-hearted guy with a funny edge to him. His Bob Jones evolves slowly and realistically from a man who is stunned and angry, to a man determined to let his child know who he is.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art imitating life June 26, 2008
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I am a blood/cancer specialist (for 25 years), and have always been put-off by most of Hollywood's attempts to portray medical-related drama on the big screen. Scores of such attempts have always seemed to me to be overly-forced efforts to wring some emotional impact from the audience, by over-done acting and grandiose "life-and-death" scenes, as if everything that happens in medicine is so different from everyday life. The simple, daily human drama that I have been priviledged to witness in my work has always struck me as something that would make a much better movie than anything Hollywood has done.
"My Life" , in my opinion, is one bright, shining exception to the rule. I saw this film when it first came out in the theatres, and just recently bought a DVD for home use- and after watching it again just last night, felt compelled to offer this review.

The story line is that of a young man (Keaton) diagnosed with incurable kidney cancer, spread to his lungs. He's a work-a-holic executive type in Los Angeles, with his wife (Kidman) pregnant with their first child. While he actively seeks out all conventional medical therapies for his disease, and continues to work (and keep his diagnosis from friends and even his own family), the disease progresses- and early on he is racked with anger and denial, aggravated by his emotional and physical estrangement from his family back in Detroit. He begins to video-tape himself, with practical (and frequently both hilarious and insightful) suggestions for living life, in order that his newborn child will know who his/her father was- hence the "My Life" title. The stages of disease progression are shown unsparingly and in a very matter-of-fact way, and for once in the movies, we see a patient who actually doesn't get MORE attractive, as he is dying.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking February 23, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Bruce Joel Rubin won an Oscar for writing "Ghost" (a film I kinda liked) and has also scribed "Jacob's Ladder" and "Deep Impact". Yet here, in his only directorial feature, he paints a picture of inner turmoil and redemption so poignant that you'll bawl your eyes out (like I did). Released the same year as the hyped-up Tom Hanks AIDS drama "Philadelphia", "My Life" proves to be a much better film in that instead of presenting a stereotype and asking us to sympathize with him because it was revolutionary according to Hollywood standards, Rubin takes a theme which is relatively familiar to cinema, adds the twist of the man videotaping his own life, and asks us to share the psychological pain the man is going through. I do not believe I have ever seen Michael Keaton in a better role than this; the camera lingers on his face through many shots, such as one where he has just viewed a colleague's cold-hearted description of him, and another where he's staring into a mirror. There's a wiseacre brilliance to Keaton's acting style, and one thing I've noticed about him through the years is how he plays devoted father-types: "Mr. Mom", "One Good Cop", "Multiplicity". None of these movies showcase Keaton's talent of emotional hurt beneath a wisecracking exterior like "My Life" does, however, and perhaps that's just as well. The film proceeds through his cancer by steps: denial, anger, acceptance, etc. And yet the film doesn't feel like an AA meeting. The late, great Haing S. Ngor provides a Zen type of philosophy as a faith healer, and his advice to Keaton in the movie leads to a subplot involving Keaton's blue-collar parents that gives the film an additional layer of meaning. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome, movie...
Published 10 days ago by Steven A. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My life is very good movie and I like it. 4 ststs
Published 1 month ago by Miguelle Francois
4.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is where it is at
This is a sad realistic movie about what is really important in life and what we need to remember and live each day A very rare find
Published 3 months ago by Wise CT Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful
Unsentimental dialogue, great pauses and facial expressions, poignant moments, plot seamless, and photography all well integrated into meaningful theme! Read more
Published 4 months ago by satori
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I enjoy watching movies over and over... I never get tired of most of them. If I purchase an older movie it is because I really like it and want the ability to watch it anytime I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad ending, but heartfelt movie
I was a little skeptical about renting this movie, however it turned out great. There were funny parts, wins, and losses, but you felt good about the characters and movie... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Kotula
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
THIS IS OK IF YOU LIKE SAD AND NO CHANCE OF GETTING BETTER.I DID NOT CARE FOR THIS VERY SAD MOVIE. GREAT ACTING ON BOTH ACTORS. MICHAL AND NICOLE, BUT VERY SAD.
Published 7 months ago by Mary E. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars solid movie
This is good to show a class about someone who is terminally ill. It shows how is handling it and what things he thinks are important for his future kid to know.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Meister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
I was very happy with the purchase. It's nice to be able to buy an older movie in such good shape and at such a good price!
Published 7 months ago by tj
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Like No Other Finding Redemption
Michael Keaton gives a riveting performance in the heartfelt journey through the five stages of fighting cancer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stanley P Wroblewski
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