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      Normal Life

      R 1996 1h 41m Drama List
      70% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 49% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Chris (Luke Perry) and Pam (Ashley Judd) have nothing in common. He's a strait-laced police officer, and she's an unstable drug addict. Still, the two fall in love and quickly marry. But Pam's taste for expensive items nearly drives the couple into bankruptcy. Things are made even worse when Chris loses his job as a cop. Taking up work as a bank security guard, Chris decides to use the skills he learned as a policeman to rob banks, hoping that he can finally have enough money to make Pam happy. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times [Normal Life] is the new movie by John McNaughton, famous for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's not as unremittingly painful as the earlier film, but just as fascinating in its portrait of criminal pathology. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Bill Chambers Film Freak Central The most confrontational and most inclusive work of McNaughton's career Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 17, 2005 Full Review Caffeinated Clint Moviehole Perry gives a confronting, eerie performance Rated: 3/5 Mar 23, 2005 Full Review Eric Melin Lawrence.com Rated: 3/5 Mar 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This somewhat "obscure" movie is one of my favorites of all time. Ashley Judd delivers nothing less than perfection in her role as Pam, a psychologically disturbed young woman who can't and won't "settle down," and Luke Perry keeps up with her in his role as Chris, the ever-devoted loyal family man and by-the-book cop. Chris tries futilely to tame Pam, finally giving in her to her whims, only to end up doing the unthinkable. This film is tragic but beautiful, and will not leave you bored. A thrill ride from start to finish. A must-see that most have not seen, unfortunately. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Been awhile, but I loved it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member What a nutcase! But it works :) good movie Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not too bad. Surprisingly so, as it contains the first sign of a B-grade movie, Luke Perry. Interesting plot, based on a true story. While this could easily have become a paint-by-numbers docu-drama, it is more interesting than that, as the human side is explored. I only watched this because it stars Ashley Judd, and she doesn't disappoint. Even Luke Perry is believable in this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid true life drama from John McNaughton who directed HENRY:PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER.Luke Perry is good in the male lead in a role a million miles away from 90210 but the real star here is Ashley Judd who gives a fantastic performance as Perry's unstable wife.Good film,well worth checking out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Who, besides Sharon Stone, plays an emotionally disturbed woman better than Ashley Judd? No one, and this movie proves that. A strong 2/3 makes up for a muddled last act. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Chris (Luke Perry) and Pam (Ashley Judd) have nothing in common. He's a strait-laced police officer, and she's an unstable drug addict. Still, the two fall in love and quickly marry. But Pam's taste for expensive items nearly drives the couple into bankruptcy. Things are made even worse when Chris loses his job as a cop. Taking up work as a bank security guard, Chris decides to use the skills he learned as a policeman to rob banks, hoping that he can finally have enough money to make Pam happy.
      Director
      John McNaughton
      Producer
      Richard Maynard
      Screenwriter
      Peg Haller, Bob Schneider
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $9.6K
      Runtime
      1h 41m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
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