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I'll Do Anything (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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An aspiring actor has his life turned upside down when his ex-wife dumps off their bossy, wild daughter into his custody.

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James L. Brooks

Writer:

James L. Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Matt Hobbs
Whittni Wright ... Jeannie Hobbs
Albert Brooks ... Burke Adler
Julie Kavner ... Nan Mulhanney
Joely Richardson ... Cathy Breslow
Tracey Ullman ... Beth Hobbs
Jeb Brown ... Male D Person
Joely Fisher ... Female D Person
Vicki Lewis ... Millie
Anne Heche ... Claire
Ian McKellen ... John Earl McAlpine
Joel Thurm Joel Thurm ... Martin
Angela Alvarado ... Lucy
Dominik Lukas-Espeleta Dominik Lukas-Espeleta ... Ricky
Justina Hardesty Justina Hardesty ... Essa
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Storyline

Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family versus career in a particularly difficult way. Written by Reid Gagle

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual language and situations | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dispuesto a todo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,702,625, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$10,424,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,424,645
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed as a musical with eight songs by Prince, but test screenings indicated they should be removed. See more »

Quotes

Matt Hobbs: Washington? Washington, boy, that must have been a big adjustment.
Nan Mulhanney: It wasn't that bad. Both places have a lot in common: Over-privileged people, crazed by their fear of losing their privileges. Alcoholism. Addiction. Betrayal. The near total degradation of what once were grand motives. The same spiritual blood-letting. I kind of do miss the seasons, though.
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Alternate Versions

A few shots were cut from the original R-rated version to receive a PG-13 rating. See more »

Connections

References Gremlins (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

JEANNIE'S SONG
Written and Performed by Whittni Wright
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Kind of flat comedy... or drama?
19 June 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

It would be very interesting to see the original cut of this movie, which was a musical but had its songs cut out after a test audience indicated that the songs in the movie were terrible. (I'm surprised that not even a bootleg of this cut has leaked out.) I will entertain the possibility that the songs were indeed bad and that the movie was improved by the reworking. But as it is, the movie isn't particularly successful. It does have some interesting behind- the-scenes moments that show the working of the Hollywood machine behind the curtains, and the performances aren't that bad. However, the movie can't seem to make up its mind whether it is a comedy or a drama. It might have been possible to mix those two genres, but as it is here, the two extremes don't seem to fit together. Also, the key relationship in the movie - between the Nick Nolte character and his daughter - seems for the most part not very in-depth, so much so that the emotional ending doesn't seem deserved. The kind of slow pace of the movie as well as its length (almost two hours) doesn't help matters. It's not actively bad, but there's not much that will stick in your mind after watching it.


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