Matters of Life and Dating

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Matters of Life and Dating
Directed byPeter Wellington
Produced byPhilip K. Kleinbart
Ricki Lake
Barbara Lieberman
Michael Mahoney
Salli Newman
Written byNina Colman
Based onUp Front
by Linda Dackman
StarringRicki Lake
Holly Robinson Peete
Rachael Harris
Music byAnton Sanko
CinematographyJoel Ransom
Edited bySusan Shipton
Lifetime Television
Magic Rock Productions
Distributed byLifetime Television
Release date
  • October 22, 2007 (2007-10-22)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States, Canada
LanguageEnglish Logo.png Search Matters of Life and Dating on Amazon.

Matter of Life and Dating is a 2007 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Peter Wellington and starring Rachael Harris, Ricki Lake, and Holly Robinson Peete.


Linda is a single woman who must re-enter the dating world after undergoing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery due to cancer.


  • Ricki Lake as Linda Dackman
  • Holly Robinson Peete as Nicole Banning
  • Rachael Harris as Carla
  • Dylan Neal as Guy DeMayo
  • Gabriel Hogan as Kevin
  • Nigel Bennett as Errol Sager
  • Noam Jenkins as Jacques


The film is based on the memoirs of Linda Dackman.[1] Lifetime approached songwriters Kara DioGuardi and James Poyser to write a song, "My Bra" performed by Mýa, for the film.[2]


Matters of Life and Dating premiered on Lifetime Television on October 22, 2007, as part of the channel's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" campaign.[3]


Kevin McDonough of the Intelligencer Journal criticized the film, writing that "It's hard to find fault with a movie trying to help women cope with a life-threatening illness, but Linda's plight might be more accessible if she weren't so darned successful and living such a fabulous two-double-latte-a-day existence and having to fend off so many handsome suitors."[1] A reviewer for the Akron Beacon Journal was also critical, as they felt that Lake's performance was one of the film's major flaws.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 McDonough, Kevin (October 21, 2007). "Lifetime takes on breast cancer". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  2. "My Bra commissioned as Breast Cancer Month anthem". Times Colonist. October 16, 2007.
  3. Philpot, Robert (October 22, 2007). "The Night, like Cuban's dance card, is full". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  4. Heldenfels, Rich (October 21, 2007). "Acting hurts good story". The Akron Beacon Journal.

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