Life Is Sweet (1990) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.3/ 10 (3488 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for language and a scene of sensuality

Production Company
British Screen Productions
Channel Four Films [gb]
Thin Man Films [gb]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - 15 November 1990
(UK) - 22 March 1991
(Canada) - 11 September 1991
(France) - 11 September 1991
(Denmark) - 13 September 1991

Running Time


anorexia, anti-social, bondage, bulimia, chocolate, class-differences, compassion, drunkenness, eating-disorder, eccentric, ensemble-film, family-relationships, father-daughter-relationship, food, hardship, independent-film, lunch-wagon, midlife-crisis, mother-daughter-relationship, nudity, rebellious-daughter, restaurant, secret-lover, sex-with-food, sister-sister-relationship,

Technical Support
RAT:1.66 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Broadbent, Jim as [Andy] <2>
  2. Neilson, David (I) as [Steve the Plumber] <9>
  3. Rea, Stephen (I) as [Patsy] <5>
  4. Spall, Timothy as [Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner] <6>
  5. Thewlis, David as [Nicola's Lover] <7>
  6. Thorpe-Baker, Jack as [Nigel] <12>
  7. Trussel, Paul as [Chef where Andy Works] <11>
  8. Brady, Moya as [Paula, Aubrey's Cook] <8>
  9. Horrocks, Jane as [Nicola] <4>
  10. Skinner, Claire (I) as [Natalie] <3>
  11. Steadman, Alison as [Wendy] <1>
  12. Thorpe, Harriet as [Bunnikins' Customer] <10>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama

Full Plot

Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. How they interact and play out family conflict and love is the film's subject. Plot not found

Total Business

GR: USD 1,516,414 (USA)

Movie Certificate

M (Australia)
15 (South Korea)
15 (Sweden)
15 (UK)
16 (Argentina)

Music Composers

  1. Portman, Rachel


  1. Pope, Dick (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Hemming, Lindy


Criterion Collection, The [us] - (2013) (USA) (DVD)
Forum Distribution [fr] - (1991) (France) (theatrical)
October Films [us] - (1991) (USA)
Republic Pictures Home Video [us] - (1992) (USA) (VHS)
Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) [ar] - (1992) (Argentina) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Gregory, Jon (II)


  1. Allies, Chris (title designer)
  2. Atkinson, Joan (additional script supervisor)
  3. Bishop, Joey (II) (jobfit trainee)
  4. Bloom, James (production runner)
  5. Garfield, Sandy (food advisor)
  6. Gruddis, Lynne (assistant to producer)
  7. Harding, Deborah (production coordinator)
  8. Parker, Juanita (assistant accountant)
  9. Shaw, Nicholas (I) (rehearsal production runner)
  10. Stewart, Eve (thin man logo designer)
  11. Storr, Heather (script supervisor)
  12. Tullo, Peter (location manager)
  13. Tyler, Will (I) (production accountant)
  14. Walsh, Fiona (II) (jobfit trainee)


[Natalie and Nicola ponder having children] Natalie: Well, I wouldn't fancy bringing one up on me own. Nicola: It's better to be on your own than be with a bastard. Natalie: Well, presumably you wouldn't *choose* a bastard in the first place if you had any sense! Nicola: All men are bastards! Natalie: *What*? Nicola: They're all potential rapists! Natalie: That's a bit sweeping! Nicola: All men have got the ability to rape. Natalie: Well they don't all do it, do they! Nicola: But they've got the ability; they've got the desire. Natalie: That's paranoid rubbish! Nicola: What d'you know about paranoia? Natalie: Well, not half as much as you do, I'll give you that. Patsy: Alight, girls. Nicola: 'ello boys. Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner: Classic nose. Patsy: [in a pub after a few beers] far as I'm concerned, football died, the day Arsenal won the double. Andy: that's right. yeah Patsy: what was they, workhorses. Andy: boring buggers hey. Patsy: well the spurs double team, they was artists. Andy: they was artists. Patsy: 21 quid a week they got, can you imagine. what do they get today, millions. Andy: and they got their backhanders on top of that ain't they. Patsy: poncing round the penalty area with their handbags. Andy: primadonnas Patsy: ohh, he kicked a me ref. Andy: brown, baker, henry, [both] blanchflower Patsy: danny boy Andy: yeah. Patsy: he was the architect of the modern game you know. Andy: that's right, yeah. Patsy: norman, mackay, john white, smith, allen, [both] dyson Andy: yeah, come on you spurs. Patsy: john white, what a player aye. Andy: yeah. Patsy: I used to have a little picture of him on my wall, ringed in black. Patsy: tragic. what a way to go. Andy: struck by lightening. Patsy: on a golf course. Andy: what a waste aye. you want another?

Other Titles

  1. Das Leben ist süß (1992) (ENG)

  2. Dolce è la vita (1990) (ENG)

  3. Leben ist süß, Das (1992) (GER)

  4. Dolce è la vita (1990) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK


- The menu of the Regret Rien restaurant includes: Black Pudding and Camembert Soup, Boiled Bacon Comsommé, Saveloy on a Bed of Lychees, Liver in Lager, Pork Cyst, Clams in Ham with Pan-Fried Cocke-based Sauce, Prune Quiche, King Prawn (just one) in Jam Sauce, Duck in Chocolate Sauce, Tongues in a Rhubarb Hollandaise, Tripe Soufflé, Quails on a Bed of Spinach and Treacle, Kidney Vols-au-vent, Chilled Brains, Prune Quiche, Grilled Trotter with Eggs Over Easy