Only When I Laugh (1981)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »



  • Kristy McNichol in Only When I Laugh (1981)
  • Marsha Mason in Only When I Laugh (1981)
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  • Kristy McNichol, James Coco, and Marsha Mason in Only When I Laugh (1981)
  • Kristy McNichol and Marsha Mason in Only When I Laugh (1981)
  • Only When I Laugh (1981)

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1 April 2004 | triple8
An early cristy mc. nicol lights up the screen.
I 'm surprised there's only a handful of comments on this movie. I saw Only when I laugh a long time ago in in the theatre and moderately enjoyed it. On the minus side, it's a real tearjerker in a somewhat manilulative way-I cried I do admit-but it's one of those movies where your supposed to cry-on the plus side however, I enjoyed Cristy Mc.nicol's performance and found the mother/daughters relationship touching and the story in general seemed somewhat realistic if a bit hollywood. I wouldn't call this a comedy at all, though there might have been some funny moments, it was more drama oriented. I had thought this was a very popular movie-but not so, judging from lack of comments on this board. At any rate, this surely didn't wow me or anything but it wasn't bad and was definetly above average.

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