- ASPECT RATIO 16:9
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 16, 2012
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"If you give kids a choice -- your mother in the next room on the verge of suicide versus your mother in ecstacy in Hawaii -- they'll choose suicide in the next room, believe me."
- Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner)
Rolling Stone - 03/05/1992
"...Kavner earns her star spot with a resoundingly hilarious and true performance..."
New York Times - 02/21/1992
"...[A] witty, picture-perfect slice of New York life....[Kavner shows] unfailing warmth and sturdiness in the role..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/28/1992
"...Kavner captures the brittle layers of ego that go into the making of a stand-up comic..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/21/1992
"...Very smart and likable....The movie gives us something good..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/06/1992
"...What makes it work is the attention to character quirks....There is humor in this approach, and also some truth..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
From the Macy's cosmetics counter to stand-up comic, salesgirl Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) is an overnight sensation and her whole life suddenly changes.
From Macy's cosmetics counter to stand-up comic, salesgirl Dottie Ingels becomes an overnight sensation and her whole life suddenly changes. Sent off to stardom by her agents, Dottie finds her new life is everything she dreamed of... except for one thing. Her daughters aren't quite so happy with a famous mom who stays away long and turns their lives into a show.
Dottie Ingels, a single mother raising two daughters in Queens, sells cosmetics at Macy's and dreams of being a stand-up comedian. When an aunt dies, leaving her a small inheritance, Dottie decides to make the dream a reality by moving to Manhattan and throwing herself into the fast-paced world of New York stand-up comedy. Dottie's rise to success is meteoric, but as her life is increasingly taken up with travel and television appearances, she finds less and less time to spend with her girls. Can Dottie pursue her brilliant new career without sacrificing her close and loving relationship with her children'
- Stand-up comedy consultants: Meg Wolitzer, Joy Behar.
Comedic consultants: Bob Nelson, Tim Blake Nelson.
- Filmed on location in Las Vegas and New York, and on a soundstage in Toronto, Canada, in DeLuxe color.
- Soundtrack album available on Qwest Cassettes and Compact Discs.
- Feature film directorial debut for author/screenwriter Nora Ephron. Her scripts for "Silkwood" and "When Harry Met Sally" were both nominated for Academy Awards. She also published two collections of essays ("Crazy Salad" and "Scribble, Scribble") and one autobiographical novel, "Heartburn," which was made into a film.
- Co-screenwriter and journalist Delia Ephron is her sister.
- Originally rated R; the film was re-edited to earn a PG-13 in 1992.
- Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.