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Life Is Sweet

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1990
  • Mike Leigh
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Black comedy starring Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent. Andy and Wendy are an ordinary couple who go through life struggling to cope with their own problems as well as those of their grown-up twin daughters.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Writer/director Mike Leigh is on top form in this superbly observed satire on late-Thatcherite Britain. The wincingly funny and socially astute script touches on such issues as bulimia, free enterprise and social ambition without ever labouring the point. Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent are outstanding as the thoroughly decent working-class couple who watch their daughters develop with a mixture of pride and regret. Jane Horrocks does Essex slacker teen with great conviction, while Claire Skinner impresses as her tomboy sister, and Timothy Spall is sweatily repellent as a wannabe restaurateur. Naked and Secrets and Lies won the prizes, but this is perhaps Leigh's finest work.

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Credits

Cast

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WendyAlison Steadman
AndyJim Broadbent
NicolaJane Horrocks
NatalieClaire Skinner
PatsyStephen Rea
AubreyTimothy Spall
Nicola's loverDavid Thewlis
PaulaMoya Brady
SteveDavid Neilson
CustomerHarriet Thorpe
ChefPaul Trussel
NigelJack Thorpe Baker

Crew

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DirectorMike Leigh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Palace Pictures
Guidance
Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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