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Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break) is a 1993 American comedy film starring Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper and David Krumholtz.

Life with Mikey
Life with mikey poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Lapine
Produced byScott Rudin
Marc Lawrence
Written byMarc Lawrence
Music byAlan Menken
CinematographyRob Hahn
Edited byRobert Leighton
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • June 4, 1993 (1993-06-04)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$12,440,858[1]



Mikey Chapman (Michael J. Fox), a former child star and now a talent agent for child stars, discovers Angie Vega (Christina Vidal, in her first movie), a girl who pick-pockets for money and lives with her teenage sister and her boyfriend. Together, they try to hit it big and earn her a role on a series of television commercials.


In popular cultureEdit

An episode of Spin City, "Life with Mikey", is titled with a nod to this film. It is the last episode in which Fox appears, having left the regular cast at the end of the 4th season due to his worsening Parkinson's disease.[citation needed]


The movie received generally negative reviews.[2][3][4][5] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 27% of the 11 critics gave the film a positive review, with 3 fresh and 8 rotten review, with a rating average of 3.9 out of 10 and 39% of the audience liked it based on more than 8500 ratings.[6]

Box officeEdit

The movie debuted at No. 7.[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ Life with Mikey at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Rainer, Peter (1993-06-04). "MOVIE REVIEWS : A Fox Steals the Show in Too-Cute 'Life' - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  3. ^ "Life With Mikey :: :: Reviews". 1993-06-04. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (1993-06-04). "Life with Mikey". Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  5. ^ "'Life With Mikey' (PG)". 1993-06-04. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
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  7. ^ DAVID J. FOX (1993-06-08). "Weekend Box Office : 'Cliffhanger,' 'America' Hold On". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  8. ^ DAVID J. FOX (1993-06-15). "Weekend Box Office : Universal's Monster Smash". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  9. ^ Fox, David J. (1993-06-21). "'Hero': When $15 Million Isn't Quite Enough : Movie box office: By Hollywood standards, the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle opens poorly. But Columbia is 'very, very, very happy with it.' - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  10. ^ DAVID J. FOX (1993-06-22). "Weekend Box Office : 'Proposal' Joins the $100-Million Club". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-24.

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