Only When I Laugh
Only When I Laugh (1981)

In this pathos-filled comedy from Neil Simon, a popular actress finds herself struggling to cope with her own alcoholism and the deteriorating relationship with her teenage daughter. Simon adapted the plot from his play The Gingerbread… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 25, 1981
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steve Crum

Belabored Neil Simon script with Marsha Mason.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Only When I Laugh is a film about family ties, friendship and coping in a competitive world.

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jay nixon
Lesser Neil Simon dramedy with a fine performance from Marsha Mason. The problem is that her character is so selfish it's difficult to sympathize with her,… More
Aj V
This starts out as a good drama about a mother and daughter, but it gets more and more predictable as it goes on. The actors are good, and I like theatre… More