Nothing Lasts Forever

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy

A strange, offbeat piece of filmmaking that doesn't quite gel in its absurdist intentions. Adam Beckett (Zach Galligan) is an artist in a New York City of the future, ruled by the Port Authority that now regulates those who entertain the creative muse. Adam is turned down in his artistic pursuits and is instead assigned to the Holland Tunnel as a traffic...read more

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A strange, offbeat piece of filmmaking that doesn't quite gel in its absurdist intentions. Adam Beckett (Zach Galligan) is an artist in a New York City of the future, ruled by the Port Authority that now regulates those who entertain the creative muse. Adam is turned down in his artistic

pursuits and is instead assigned to the Holland Tunnel as a traffic director. He meets Mara Hofmeier (Apollonia van Ravenstein) and engages in a brief affair with her, then she introduces him to the real art world of the New York underground. He later boards a bus, not knowing that the vehicle is

a lunar transport that takes consumers for shopping trips to the moon. Eventually the hapless Adam ends up back on Earth where he makes a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall. He also meets Ely (Lauren Tom), the woman he really loves. The film's unusual storyline is further enhanced (depending on

one's tolerance levels) by a liberal mix of old newsreel footage and scenes from such classics as INTOLERANCE. The results are a strange fantasy that can be seen as either an absurdist journey or a real waste of time. The film succeeds on some points but loses its punch on others. Cameo

performances by some of the most talented comic actors of the last 30 years (Imogene Coca, Mort Sahl, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) are surprisingly not all that funny. This is certainly not a film for all tastes, but it's worth a look for fans of the way-out.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A strange, offbeat piece of filmmaking that doesn't quite gel in its absurdist intentions. Adam Beckett (Zach Galligan) is an artist in a New York City of the future, ruled by the Port Authority that now regulates those who entertain the creative muse. Ada… (more)

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