Just the Way You Are (1984 film)

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Just the Way You Are
Home video release cover.
Directed by Édouard Molinaro
Produced by Léo L. Fuchs
Written by Allan Burns
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Cinematography Claude Lecomte
Edited by Georges Klotz
Claudio Ventura
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release date
  • November 16, 1984 (1984-11-16)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,889,694[1]

Just the Way You Are is a 1984 American comedy-drama film starring Kristy McNichol and Michael Ontkean and directed by Édouard Molinaro.


Susan is a professional flautist in Boston who has been handicapped since childhood and is forced to wear a leg brace to get around. She is all set to enter into a lavender marriage with her gay investment banker friend Frank in order to help him hide his sexuality so he can get ahead in business and get a big promotion, but decides not to when she realizes that the marriage won't meet her (or his) sexual needs. Shortly afterwards she accepts the offer to travel to Europe on a concert tour. While in Paris, she comes up with an idea to disguise her leg by putting it in a cast and travel on her own to the French Alps to be treated without pity. Not looking to find romance, Susan however has become the interest of Peter, a news photographer. They soon fall in love and Peter dumps his insufferable and narcissistic girlfriend Bobbie for her. Susan is forced to decide if she should tell Peter the truth about herself.

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