A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

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The teen drama A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is directed by William Richert, who adapted the screenplay from his own semi-autobiographical novel Aren't You Even Going to Kiss Me Goodbye? Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon River Phoenix hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts Matthew Perry, and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter Ione Skye. He spends his time writing poetry and drinking coffee while he decides what to do after high ...
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The teen drama A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is directed by William Richert, who adapted the screenplay from his own semi-autobiographical novel Aren't You Even Going to Kiss Me Goodbye? Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon River Phoenix hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts Matthew Perry, and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter Ione Skye. He spends his time writing poetry and drinking coffee while he decides what to do after high school. His parents won't help him pay for tuition unless he attends the same business college as his father did, but Jimmy doesn't want to follow that path. Instead, he focuses on coming up with enough money for a plane ticket to go to Hawaii with his wealthy yet chaste girlfriend, Lisa Bentwright Meredith Salenger. On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother's divorced friend, Joyce Fickett Ann Magnuson, who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander Jason Court instead. Jimmy then crashes the family car and shares an intimate rapprochement with his father Paul Koslo.
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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon suffers from taking itself too seriously while lacking the light comic touch of other teen movie classics. However, it does have teen idol River Phoenix as a leading man and a standard romantic plot with a requisite prom-style finale. One major drawback is the historical anachronisms; the setting of the 1960s is almost at odds with the totally '80s plot, characters, and costuming. Some may view Jimmy's confused acts of desperation as selfish and pretentious, but others may appreciate a teen movie that deals with the consequences of random sexual encounters with dramatic possibilities rather than gross-out comedy. Jimmy is written as a lovable rascal, and as played by Phoenix, his attraction is intensified even as his behavior gets worse. Ann Magnuson is well-cast as the fashionable divorcée Joyce Fickett, almost turning the story from a coming-of-age drama to a wish-fulfillment fantasy. The other supporting performances don't fare as well, with future Friends star Matthew Perry completely forgettable as the upper-class teen Fred Roberts. What matters here is River Phoenix, who enjoyed a large and loyal fan base at the time of release (even though he later supposedly regretted making the film).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162385537
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
River Phoenix Jimmy Reardon
Ann Magnuson Joyce Fickett
Meredith Salenger Lisa Bentwright
Ione Skye Denise Hunter
Louanne Suzie Middleberg
Paul Koslo Al Reardon
Matthew Perry Fred Roberts
Jane Hallaren Faye Reardon
Jason Court Mathew Hollander
Regan Andreas Sailor Cap
Marji Banks Emma Spaulding
Kurt Bjorling Musician
James Deuter Linus Spaulding
Anastasia Fielding Elaine
Johnny Galecki Toby Reardon
Alan Goldsher Musician
Kamie Harper Rosie Reardon
Craig Huston Waiter
Jack McLaughlin-Gray Carnation
Margaret Moore Mrs. Bentwright
E.J. Murray Alice
Lisa Stodder Coffee House Girl
Kristin Weithas Coffee House Girl
Melva Williams Maid
Mark Winsten Red Blazer
Technical Credits
William Richert Director, Screenwriter
Rick Anderson Camera Operator
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Songwriter
Don Black Songwriter
Paul Von Brack Camera Operator
Geof Brewer Stunts
Gregory Carroll Songwriter
John Connor Cinematographer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Les Cooper Songwriter
Steve Cropper Songwriter
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Bo Diddley Songwriter
Suzanne Fenn Editor
John Lee Hooker Songwriter
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Alan Jackson Jr. Songwriter
Rodger Jacobs Makeup
John R. Jensen Art Director
Booker T. Jones Songwriter
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Songwriter
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Stacy Logan Stunts
Deadric Malone Songwriter
Noel Marshall Executive Producer
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Doris Payne Songwriter
Richard H. Prince Co-producer
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Russell Schwartz Producer
Curtiss Smith Special Effects
Louis Steinberg Songwriter
Bobby Wells Choreography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

    I love A night in the life of Jimmy Reardon I watched the movie and its the best movie Also based on the novel Aren't you even gonna kiss me Goodbye? Jimmy says that to Lisa but Lisa is with Matthew and River Phonix is so good looking in this movie He's sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

    This has to be the best movie ever River Phonix stars as Jimmy Reardon growing up in 1962 His father wants him to go to an all boys college His Girlfriend Lisa is moving to Hawia He goes to the dance and resites his poem then he goes and chases his girlfriend Lisa He also wrecks his Dad's car but it's all in Night in the Life Of Jimmy Reardon Outstanding movie I should know I love River Phonix I'ts sad how he died but he'll always be apart in my heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I seen this movie on Tv a while back and i really liked it River Phonix is a great and talented actor It's sad how he died He stars as a kid Jimmy living in the 60's and going out with Lisa a pretty girl with dark brown hair I'ts rated R but it's still a great movie I wish it would be on tv And River Phonix looked so cute in this film he was sexy

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