Bright Lights, Big City 1988

Bright Lights, Big City

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In this adaptation of Jay McInerney's novel, Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) moves from small-town Kansas to New York City to work at a magazine. However, a number of things are making him miserable: He would rather be a writer, his wife (Phoebe Cates) has left him and his mother (Dianne Wiest) has recently died. So he takes to partying with his yuppie friend Tad (Kiefer Sutherland), abusing alcohol and cocaine. But he quickly finds himself becoming more and more dependent on drinking and drugs.

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  • Jul 11, 2011
    I enjoyed the book it isa fast and easy with prose similar to Fitzgerald writing in the second person which works wonderfully. The movie is even better. Penned by the author of the novel, McInerney, and photographed by no less than Gordon Willis who is always perfect but doesn't move the camera much. Michael J. Fox gives a riveting performance - there's one scene during the final where it's a almost ten-minute scene of Fox pouring his heart out, it's acting at its best. Far better than you'd expect after reading the novel.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A fantastic cast, and a heavy drama, this is a good movie, it's very 80s, I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it..
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2008
    This left much to be desired. I think Michael was miscast, but the plot and dialogue wasn't that great either. Some books should not be made into movies.
    ashley h Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2008
    A movie that will intrigue you and will pull you in and show you what its like to be a cocaine addict.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer

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