Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews, two screen legends with eleven Academy Award nominations between them, grace the screen in Blake Edwards' human comedy "That's Life!" Lemmon frantically portrays Harvey Fairchild, a wealthy C... more »alifornia architect, father of three successful children, husband to a beautiful wife and neurotic as hell. Confronted with his 60th birthday, Harvey is coming down with a severe case of male menopause. Julie Andrews is Gillian Fairchild, the loving, supportive wife of ranting Harvey. Gillian's got her own problems: she's nervously awaiting the results of her hospital tests. One daughter is going through a breakup, the other is seven months pregnant...and son Josh has brought home another brainless beauty. This chaotic clan has all gathered to welcome Harvey into old age. Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews« less
"This is a great movie but unfortunately this DVD version is very poor indeed. The picture quality is sad. It seems all that was done was the transfer of the video print on to DVD. The picture is even un-steady during the final credits scene. The sound is mono. No extras to this DVD at all. If you own the video of this film don't bother to purchase this DVD. On top of all of this, the price of this DVD is the same as most other DVDs that contain remastered prints, stereo sound, and extras. This is a very good film and it deserves a quality release, not this cheaply done version."
A pan and scan disaster!
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If ever there was a movie director in Hollywood who knew how to use the "scope" aspect ratio to perfection, it's Blake Edwards! So when Pioneer/Artisan decided to release this very interesting film in pan and scan format only, they managed to ruin it completely! Every single camera setup clearly tells me that this was not the vision of Mr. Edwards and his camera crew, so why bother to watch? As far as I'm concerned, I find this DVD defective, and - thankfully - that is also the opinion of my dealer. A big boo to Pioneer and Artisan!"
See the movie before you review it !!!!!
Kurt Stoehr | Clovis, CA | 08/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The main character, Harvey Fairchild, is an ARCHITECT. This is critical to the story and to much of the dialog.My wife and I love this film; it's witty, fun, sad, and relevant to our world today. It's really about a man's mid-life crisis and his revelation about what is REALLY important in life, like family, love, admitting to yourself that you're human."
Is that REALLY life?
Gregor von Kallahann | 12/11/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I gather Blake Edwards set out to make a "small movie" here. He enlisted his real-life wife, daughter and step-daughter, brought old buddy (and star of his classic "Days of Wine and Roses") Jack Lemmon aboard and provided parts for Lemmon's wife (Felicia Farr) and son. Farr, it may be said, lucks out if anyone does--she doesn't play one of the neurotic family members--although it appears that she has a several little problems of her own.Does it work at all? Well, the first time I saw this movie, I HATED it. Since Lemmon's death last summer, I have been sort of running my own little "Jack Lemmon film festival" whenver I think of it, and upon re-view, it's not half bad. Seeing Lemmon's character wrestle with his mortality strikes me as poignant now after the actor's actual death. Equally eerie in its way, is seeing Julie Andrews character, a professional singer, struggling with potentially devestating vocal problems--and in her own stoic way, her own mortality.The improvisational storyline is the real problem with this film, however. It's rather undeveloped. Lemmon typically needs a broader canvas than Edwards provides him here. He is intense here as in "Days..." but to lesser effect. He's all wound up with no place special to go. We've seen Lemmon do this kind of shtick before ("Tribute" comes to mind), and like Julie Andrews' Gillian in this movie, we feel like telling him to snap out of it--or we're leaving!"
"Hello. I just wanted to share my oppinion about this dvd. I simply loved it. Julie Andrews is simply stunningly spectacular in this movie. Imagine a woman struggling with her own problems while she is trying to keep her, quite selfish, man happy and dealing with her adult children's lives. It is really quite hilarious. This movie is also serious, the themes is death, cancer and familyaffairs. If you like Julie Andrews I promise this movie will definetly be something for you."