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R| 1 hr. 43 min.

Plot Summary
The working-class malaise of suburban London is captured in this comedic drama, which focuses on twin sisters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and their parents: easygoing Andy (Jim Broadbent) and his optimistic wife, Wendy (Alison Steadman). While Natalie has a plumbing job, and tends to take after her mom with her bright outlook, Nicola is on the dole and perpetually dwells on the negative. Will the cloud over Nicola's head ever lift?

Cast: Alison Steadman , Jim Broadbent , Timothy Spall , Claire Skinner , Jane Horrocks , David Thewlis , Moya Brady , Stephen Rea

Director: Mike Leigh

Genres: Comedy

Life Is Sweet (1991)

Release Date: January 1st, 1991|1 hr. 43 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor about family life. Fresh and quirky, the film dishes up astonishing vitality in its look at what is ostensibly a plain, lower middle-class family in Middlesex. [22 Nov. 1991, p.C5] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Sweet (maybe) - but also painful (for sure). So painful that it's initially easy to resist this slice-of-Middlesex-life from Brit director Mike Leigh. Yet gradually, a mom, a dad and late-teen twins prove overwhelmingly winning through sheer willpower. Theirs, and the willpower of an idiosyncratic filmmaker who loves his characters no matter what. [24 Dec. 1991, p.4D] show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Mike Leigh has come up with a profound yet simple drama of family life generously leavened with comedy. [14 Oct. 1991] show more

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