A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Reviews
Some of the acting was poor. Even the usually luminescent Phoenix at times seemed flat. Though a surprisingly stunning supporting performance by the Suzie character in the film. I also wish Matthew Perry's role would've been slightly larger.
Ultimately, the film is laden with too many flaws. The money issues are unclear at times. The ending with the girl whom he was pursuing for two hours is so sudden & unsatisfying that it's impossible to overlook. The 'moral' of the story is lacking. The father/son ending stretches suspension of disbelief a bit far. And generally, just lacks focus.
It's a shame too. The story, especially with Phoenix, had great potential. While it's nice for some nostalgic purposes, overall, too indulgent.
Watch it anyway! hehe
The character of Jimmy Reardon wouldn't be that likeable if River Phoenix didn't bring a sense of charm to him. Basically, Jimmy tries to prove to Lisa (the girl he supposedly loves) that he's worth it, but in the mean time sleeps with every other girl in town! A little strange, but this film does have its funny moments.
"I don't feel like jack the ripper today"
"And i have one thing to say, Fuck you all, you all"
Not a bad watch (:
Basically, Jimmy has to raise enough money to follow the so-called love of his life, Lisa, to Hawaii. But there are a lot of problems along the way; many of which he creates for himself. This character is suppost to be in love with Lisa, however he still chooses to sleep with several other women, and stand her up on prom night! Why?
River Phoenix is convincing and charismatic as the troublesome teen, however, can be described as "fresh faced for such a scamming character".
Not bad. .
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.