Only When I Laugh
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Playwright Neil Simon made one of his periodic forays into serious themes with the drama The Gingerbread Lady, and while this screen adaptation adds a bit more wit to the proceedings, it remains a change of pace from his usual breezy comedies. Georgia (Marsha Mason) is a successful actress who has just spent 90 days in a rehab clinic in an effort to beat her addiction to alcohol. A number of crises are waiting for Georgia upon her return; her teenage daughter Polly (Kristy McNichol), whom she neglected as a child, wants to move back in, though they still have a ways to go in repairing their… More

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"Neil Simon reworked his play Gingerbread Lady for this tale of alcoholic actress (real wife Marsha Mason) and precocious daughter, but the result is just as stagy, schmaltzy and predictable, with the expected witty but utterly theatrical one-liners."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Belabored Neil Simon script with Marsha Mason."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Only When I Laugh is a film about family ties, friendship and coping in a competitive world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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