Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Director
Charles Shyer

Main cast
Ryan O'Neal; Shelley Long; Drew Barrymore; Sam Wanamaker; Allen Garfield

Genres
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Description
Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.


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