Unsentimental Educations

THIS IS MY LIFE Directed by Nora Ephron

Screenplay by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

"Oooo-ow, Mom!" Most of us know that despairing wail, the cry of offspring on whom a parent has inadvertently visited heartrending shame: when we have overdressed or underdressed for some public outing with the kids in tow or cracked a dumb joke or otherwise called unwarranted attention to ourselves.

Most parents, however, do not aspire to careers in stand-up comedy. Or actually rise in the field as Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) does in This Is My Life. Dottie, God help her, decides that a polka-dot wardrobe...

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