Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Life (1993) PG13 - 3½ Stars

Bob Jones (Michael Keaton) is married to his wife Gail (Nicole Kidman) and they've just received wonderful news that Gail is pregnant. However, Bob has just received some news of his own, that he has cancer in his kidneys now spreading to his lungs. He's given under 6 months to live meaning he might not be around for the birth of their child which brings out enormous anger in him.

Having had his share of doctors, his wife convinces him to see a Chinese healing doctor, Mr. Ho (Haing S. Ngor), and he decides to go inside. He thinks this voodoo type of medicine is nonsense until he actually feels a great power from within him reaching out. The doctor tells him he needs to let go of all this anger he has built up inside. Nothing will be clear until he can do so.

At the advice of the doctor, Bob decides to video tape himself talking to his unborn son. He feels he can leave him a part of his legacy this way while still trying to be a father. During a series of tapes, he uncovers a lot of things about his relationship with his own father that he's been keeping out of view. These are the things that are keeping anger inside of him and now he can finally let go making him the best father he's always hoped to be.

Sony Pictures
Director: Bruce Joel Rubin
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin
Producers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Jerry Zucker, Hunt Lowry
I viewed 11/07

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love Michael Keaton! After "clean and sober" this is my favorite movie. Very touching...if you have ever lost someone from terminal illness, you can relate.