MY LIFE WITHOUT ME

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Release Date: September 26, 2003

Starring: Sarah, Polley, Scott Speedman,
Deborah Harry, Mark Ruffalo,
Leonor Watling, Amanda
Plummer, Julian Richings, and
Maria de Medeiros

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr Ann and Don and their
two children, Penny and Patsy,
live in a little trailer
behind Ann’s mother’s
house. Ann works nights
cleaning a college; Don works
on a crew building swimming
pools. Ann had her first child
at 17, and her second two
years later. When she
collapses in her trailer, her
mother takes her to the
hospital. There, Dr. Thompson
tells her that she is going to
die in two to three months,
from tumors that have spread
from her uterus to her stomach
and kidneys. She hides this
fact from her family and
writes a list of things she
wants to do before she dies,
one of which is to have an
affair. Ann records tapes for
each one of her children, for
each birthday leading up to
their 18th. She has an affair
with a clueless, clunky guy
named Lee, who falls in love
with her. And, as she’s
dying, she says that there’s
nothing after we die. Of
course, this is a misguided,
humanist message. If we reject
Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior, we will die and go to
hell. If we accept His love
and redemption, we will be
saved and go to heaven. MY
LIFE WITHOUT ME should be
titled MY LIFE WITHOUT
GOD. What’s almost as bad
about this movie is the fact
that Ann lies to her loving
husband and commits adultery,
with no remorse. Ann has two
beautiful children, a
wonderful husband, and an
opportunity to make something
of her life, despite her
prognosis. Instead, she
squanders her final days on
her selfishness. Not
surprisingly, critics have
found a lot of merit in this
mediocre, tedious and overlong
movie. Clearly shot on a low
budget, some of the acting is
laughable, the character
motivations are unclear, the
dialogue meanders, and the
jeopardy is non-existent
through much of the movie.
This is humanist boredom and a
sad testimony to the decadent
state of the world. Please
address your comments
to: Michael Barker, Tom
Bernard & Marcie
Bloom Co-Presidents Sony
Pictures Classics 550 Madison
Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY
10022 (212) 833-8833 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Isabel Coixet

Executive Producer:

Producer: Esther Barcia and Gordon
McLennan EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Agustin lmodovar, Pedro
Almodovar, and Ogden Gavanski

Writer: Isabel Coixet

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Content:

(HHH, LL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Very strong humanist worldview with conclusion that there is nothing more than death and theme that says, “If we’re going to die tomorrow, we might as well indulge all of our selfish fantasies”; 14 obscenities and three profanities; minor violence with woman collapsing from cancerous tumor and woman vomits; implied fornication and adulterous fornication, but nothing explicit; upper male nudity and woman in underwear; alcohol use; smoking and prescription drug use; and, miscellaneous immorality includes lying.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

In MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, a young woman hides the fact of her terminal cancer to live out her final days fulfilling a list of selfish pursuits, including an adulterous affair. This depressing, humanistic movie should be more aptly titled, MY LIFE WITHOUT GOD.

Review:

Ann and Don and their two children, Penny and Patsy, live in a little trailer behind Ann’s mother’s house. Ann works nights cleaning a college; Don works on a crew building swimming pools. Ann had her first child at 17, and her second two years later. When she collapses in her trailer, her mother takes her to the hospital. There, Dr. Thompson tells her that she is going to die in two to three months, from tumors that have spread from her uterus to her stomach and kidneys. She hides this fact from her family and writes a list of things she wants to do before she dies, one of which is to have an affair.

Ann records tapes for each one of her children, for each birthday leading up to their 18th. She has an affair with a clueless, clunky guy named Lee, who falls in love with her. And, as she’s dying, she says that there’s nothing after we die.

Of course, this is a misguided, humanist message. If we reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we will die and go to hell. If we accept His love and redemption, we will be saved and go to heaven. MY LIFE WITHOUT ME should be titled MY LIFE WITHOUT GOD.

What’s almost as bad about this movie is the fact that Ann lies to her loving husband and commits adultery, with no remorse. Ann has two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, and an opportunity to make something of her life, despite her prognosis. Instead, she squanders her final days on her selfishness. Not surprisingly, critics have found a lot of merit in this mediocre, tedious and overlong movie.

Clearly shot on a low budget, some of the acting is laughable, the character motivations are unclear, the dialogue meanders, and the jeopardy is non-existent through much of the movie. This is humanist boredom and a sad testimony to the decadent state of the world.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom

Co-Presidents

Sony Pictures Classics

550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10022

(212) 833-8833

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

SUMMARY: In MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, a young woman hides the fact of her terminal cancer to live out her final days fulfilling a list of selfish pursuits, including an adulterous affair. This depressing, humanistic movie should be more aptly titled, MY LIFE WITHOUT GOD.

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