It's My Party (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

It's My Party (1996)



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In this bittersweet comedy drama, a man nearing the end of his life seeks closure with his family and friends, and he confronts the issues of the right to die. Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) is a successful architect who is openly gay. He was involved in a committed relationship with Brandon Theis (Gregory Harrison), a television director, until Nick discovered that he's HIV-positive. Nick's first question to Brandon is "You won't leave me, will you? I don't want to die alone." Brandon, however, doesn't have the emotional strength to deal with Nick's condition and soon moves on. Several years later, even though Nick has been mindful of his health, he begins to display symptoms of full-blown AIDS, most notably the brain lesions that indicate Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy, an AIDS-related illness that has already claimed several of his friends. Wanting to go out with his dignity intact, Nick decides to throw one last party, which will give him the opportunity to say goodbye to his friends and family while he's still lucid -- shortly after which he intends to take his own life with painkillers. Nick attempts to make peace with his mother and father (Lee Grant and George Segal), who had difficulty accepting their son's lifestyle, and he enjoys a last laugh with his close friends, until Brandon -- who is hardly welcomed by the group -- shows up. Appearing as Nick's friends and family are Margaret Cho, Bronson Pinchot, Bruce Davison, Sally Kellerman, Marlee Matlin, Roddy McDowall, and Dennis Christopher. Writer and director Randal Kleiser loosely based It's My Party on his own personal experiences when his longtime companion was diagnosed with AIDS and opted to take his own life before his symptoms became too severe.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Randal Kleiser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment


Eric Roberts
as Nick Stark
Gregory Harrison
as Brandon Theis
Bruce Davison
as Rodney Bingham
Lee Grant
as Amalia Stark
Devon Gummersall
as Andrew Bingham
Marlee Matlin
as Daphne Stark
Roddy McDowall
as Damian Knowles
Bronson Pinchot
as Monty Tipton
George Segal
as Paul Stark
Margaret Cho
as Charlene Lee
Paul Regina
as Tony Zamara
Olivia Newton-John
as Lina Bingham
Steve Antin
as Zack Phillips
Dimitra Arliss
as Fanny Kondos
Dimitra Arlys
as Fanny Kondos
Ron Glass
as Dr. David Wahl
Lou Liberatore
as Joel Ferris
Victor Love
as Matt Paulson
Peter Murnik
as Greg King
Felix A. Pire
as Soli Real
Joel Polis
as Tim Bergen
Jon David Casey
as Joe Lovett
Sally Kellerman
as Sara Hart
Greg Louganis
as Dan Zuma
Nina Foch
as Brandon's Mother
Dennis Christopher
as Douglas Reedy
Talia Paul
as Pat Bergen
David Knapp
as Carl Fertig
Jim Kline
as Cowboy
Raul Seymour
as Gym Rat
as Miss Texas-At-Large
Brian To
as Boy in Pool
Michael Kearns
as Party Guest
Matthew Rickard
as Young Andrew
Steve Kmetko
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for It's My Party

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

This chronicle of a person with AIDS who decides to terminate his life while his faculties are still intact feels like a personal work, but it's all background detail, lacking a strong dramatic core

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
Top Critic

This Party has its funny, sad and awkward moments. But at the end, you'll be glad you went.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for It's My Party


it will break your heart and make you laugh.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

You will need a crate of tissues while watching this emotion filled story of one mans way of completing his life

Steve H

another soap opera but what a cast and the music is fantastic. Eric Roberts never looked better and the ended sure is a heart tagger.

the cast is wonderful and everyone is oh so bitchy, but then the party boy is dying from aids. you'll laugh, you'll cry but overall you will enjoy.

richard s

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