Old Boyfriends

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Noted screenwriter Joan Tewksbury made her directorial debut with this bittersweet comedy-drama. Diane Cruise (Talia Shire), a psychologist going through a severe depression, takes a long look at her life after attempting to commit suicide. Diane decides to pay a visit to her former boyfriends in order to get in touch with her past and map out her future. She meets up with her high school sweetheart Eric Katz (John Belushi) and gets to turn the tables on him in revenge over a past humiliation. She also finds Jeff Turrin (Richard Jordan), her college beau who now works as a filmmaker, and she discovers that the first boy she fell in love with has died -- only to find herself drifting into an unexpected romance with his older brother, Wayne Van Til (Keith Carradine). The supporting cast features John Houseman, Buck Henry, Gerritt Graham, and P.J. Soles.


Talia Shire
as Dianne Cruise
Richard Jordan
as Jeff Turrin
Keith Carradine
as Wayne Van Til
John Belushi
as Eric Katz
John Houseman
as Dr. Hoffman
Buck Henry
as Art Kopple
Nina Jordan
as Dylan Turrin
Gerrit Graham
as Sam The Fisherman
Bethel Leslie
as Mrs. Van Til
Joan Hotchkis
as Pamela Shaw
William H. Bassett
as David Brinks
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Critic Reviews for Old Boyfriends

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

  • Tewkesbury evokes a Hitchcockian depth of subjectivity in what is essentially a first-person survey of women's hidden terrors.

    Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A protege of Robert Altman, novice director Joan Tewkesbury, who scripted his Nashville, employs similar loosely narrative techniques, with the Shire character holding together the series of set pieces.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • The failure owes something to slack direction, and probably more to the misogyny of Paul and Leonard Schrader's script, which contrives a distinctly reactionary mix of sentiment, morality, and melodrama.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The performers... invest much more of themselves in the film than it ever returns to them.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Tewkesbury has absorbed much of Altman's ability to capture spontaneity, but none of his genius for telling a good story.

    Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Joan Tewksbury, who penned Altman's wonderful movie Nashville, makes a so so direcying debut with this sharply uneven serio comedy.

    Jan 9, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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