New York Times - 11/12/1993
"...Finally wrenching in ways that will leave viewers thinking hard about their own lives..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/03/1994
"...Emotionally gripping, sometimes devastating....Worth any viewer's attention..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 11/15/1993
"...It's an emotional, spiritual odyssey....[A] sincere, often touching story..."
Bob Jones (Michael Keaton) is diagnosed with terminal cancer just as his wife Gail (Nicole Kidman) learns she is pregnant with the couple's first child. Realizing he might die before the child is born, Bob decides to make a video about his life so that his child will someday be able to know him. In making the video, Bob embarks on a journey of self-discovery and decides to reconcile with his past, including a years-long estrangement with his own father.
Bob and Gail Jones, a happily married couple expecting their first child, are passionately devoted to one another. But tragedy strikes their otherwise untroubled middle-class home when Bob learns he has advanced terminal cancer. Faced with this profound crisis and the realization that his child may never know him, Bob decides to make a video documenting his life so that his son will have some knowledge of his father. Creating the video proves to be an emotionally and mentally herculean task, as Bob discovers he's as shallow as the public relations material he produces for a living. Before he can successfully complete the video, Bob has to make peace with himself, reconcile with his estranged parents, and accept the inevitable.
Love Story |
Tear Jerker |
Directorial debut for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin.
Filming for the picture began in March at Sony Pictures Studio as well as in select locations around Los Angeles and in Chicago.
In one part of the film, there is a Ukranian wedding. The production crew of "My Life" visited seven Ukranian churches in Chicago before the scouts decided on St. Nickolas Church. This church is the oldest and largest Ukranian church in the area.
Peter Efimenikov was the Ukranian dance instructor, and the "Ukraina" Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble of Chicago performed the dances, Dariah Chaikovsky served as the Ukrainian consultant.