Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) (1990)



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Tune in Tomorrow is based on Mario Vargas Llosa's novel, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. In New Orleans, circa 1951, a news writer for a local radio station, Martin Loader (Keanu Reeves), meets and falls in love with his aunt Julia (Barbara Hershey), a divorced woman who is looking for a new husband. Meanwhile, new-in-town eccentric radio-soap-opera writer, Pedro Carmichael (Peter Falk) has been hired to help boost the station's bad ratings. Pedro begins manipulating Martin and Julia's affair … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: William Boyd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 7, 2003
20th Century Fox



as Pedro Carmichael

as Martin Loader

as Aunt Julia

as Richard Quince

as Robert Quince

as Fr. Serafim

as Margaret Quince

as Dr. Albert Quince

as Elena Quince

as Elmore Dubuque

as Big John Coot

as Leonard Pando

as Uncle Luke

as Ted Orson

as Donald Loader

as Josephine Sanders

as Aunt Hortensia

as Frances Loader

as Faith Hope

as Luther Aslinger

as Producer Detroit Rad...

as Duke Vermont

as BrentMarconnochie

as Fireman

as Large Albanian Man #...

as Albanian Protester

as WXBU Engineer

as Jazz Singer

as News Man Detroit

as Large Albanian Man

as Cub Reporter

as Policeman

as Neville Brother

as The Wynton Marsalis ...

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

The film begins in a giddy, enjoyable tribute to its own ingenuity, which by its ending has worn thin.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A tri-layered tale of love, creative impulses and dial-spinning, it comes and it goes, evocative and a little bit magical, flawed but forgivably so.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Sometimes we laugh easily, sometimes uncertainly, and sometimes we just look at the screen and wonder why anyone thought that was funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie spends too much time with the Aunt and not enough with the Scriptwriter.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | October 26, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)


I used to be a shameful drooling Keanu Reeves fan, I can't believe I've never heard of this one!

July 31st, MMXII: Aaaand there's a good reason for that. This movie tries too damn hard and just doesn't have what it takes. It's not funny. At best it's droll, but you can pick out the spots where you're supposed to laugh and just don't. I can think of only one gag that I found amusing. I spent most of the running time of this movie looking at my watch. Every character that was supposed to be endearing was wooden at best and irritating at worst. Peter Falk was the worst offender. I watched this movie all the way to the end before I realized that I had sat through this piece of crap once before. I just wish I had learned the first time.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

This was surprisingly irrevrent and fun - not to mention hilarious. It's an interesting story with some great one-liners and just an overall fun atmosphere. It also has a sensational cast with Peter Falk, Hope Lange, Peter Gallagher, Elizabeth McGovern and Patricia Clarkson, all with great supporting parts. However, the only glaring flaw of the cast is actually its two leads: Keanu Reeves and Barbara Hershey. Keanu just feels like he doesn't belong in this movie and barely squeeks by with a lackluster performance while Barbara just doesn't seem all that into it. If these two parts had been cast with more appropriate actors, this could have been a real classic. I do think it's a sort of classic as is, but there's room for improvement. Overall, it's definitely enjoyable and should give you a few laughs.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Strange little comedy with Reeves falling, understandly, for aunt Hershey, only to find that manic, Albanian-hating, scriptwriter Falk is using their romance in his soap-operas.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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