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Life with Mikey

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dated '90s comedy has some language.

Movie PG 1993 91 minutes
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This movie is likable enough but it covers no new territory and is mildly disappointing given the comic gifts of Fox and Lane and the artistry of the director, Tony winner James Lapine. Fox plays yet another of the selfish, fast-talking, wise-crackers typical of his resume in the 1990s, and viewers will wait patiently for the plot twist or character to come along to help humanize him by the story's end. Watching this cast breeze through the jokes is pleasant enough, but too many plot points strain credulity. In light of all the child labor laws, it's a stretch to ask us to believe an agency would sign a child without meeting parents or a guardian, or securing the proper paperwork.

Sexual politics of today make it hard to watch a scene in which an actress running lines in Michael's apartment is fighting off his kisses. She learns that he actually only represents child actors and that's why he's never gotten her a job. The revelation of his unspoken exploitation is downright creepy, a little reminiscent of current #MeToo accusations that used to be dismissed as mere "boys-will-be-boys" hijinks. Suddenly Michael seems unsavory and predatory, which some may find difficult to get past. The woefully underused Cyndi Lauper as a receptionist is the funniest thing in Life with Mikey.

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