A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)
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as Jimmy Reardon
as Joyce Fickett
as Lisa Bentwright
as Denise Hunter
as Suzie Middleberg
as Fred Roberts
as Al Reardon
as Faye Reardon
as Mathew Hollander
as Linus Spaulding
as Emma Spaulding
as Mrs. Bentwright
as Rosie Reardon
as Toby Reardon
as Sailor Cap
as Red Blazer
as Coffee House Girl #1
as Coffee House Girl #2
as Musician #1
as Musician #2
Critic Reviews for A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
While the film has the charm of rose-tinted retrospect and is often very funny, the pacing is wrong (it seems much longer than it is) and the sex scenes fail to convince.
For a movie set in 1962, there's some seriously big 80s hair taking place here
Audience Reviews for A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
Jimmy's stupid, why did we need to see what a night in his life would be like? I've seen a lot of similar movies that are better.
omg i loved river phoenix in this moive and i though he was so cute=] The late, much-missed River Phoenix had his first starring role in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, one of the more unusual teen comedies of the 1980s. Jimmy (Phoenix) is a lower-class kid whose parents have gotten him into a wealthy school, where he hangs out with kids who can't comprehend not having money. Jimmy puts the moves on almost every girl he meets, including Denise (Ione Skye from Say Anything and Gas Food Lodging), the girlfriend of his best friend Fred (a very young Matthew Perry, who has gone on to huge success on the TV show Friends), even though his own girlfriend, Lisa (Meredith Salenger), is about to move to Hawaii. On the evening of graduation, Jimmy ruins just about every relationship he has and wrecks his dad's car along the way. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is based on a novel that screenwriter-director William Richert wrote when he was 19, and you can tell--the movie is full of self-aggrandizing gestures, bad poetry, and wounded looks. But despite that--or because of it--the movie also has something of the genuine chaos of late adolescence, when you start to realize that the dreams you have might not be what you want, and that your worst fears might not be the worst that could happen. Phoenix is a truly charismatic presence, though his fresh face is a bit at odds with his scamming character. The movie isn't a cinematic Catcher in the Rye, but it's exploring the same troubled territory.
A GREAT MOVIE.
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