A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon

  • 1988
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • R

Unjustly ignored by the vast majority of the critics and public, A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON is based on an autobiographical novel by writer-director William Richert (WINTER KILLS; THE AMERICAN SUCCESS CO.). Set in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, the film follows 17-year-old Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix) as he tries to make some sense of life in...read more

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Unjustly ignored by the vast majority of the critics and public, A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON is based on an autobiographical novel by writer-director William Richert (WINTER KILLS; THE AMERICAN SUCCESS CO.). Set in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, the film follows 17-year-old Jimmy

Reardon (River Phoenix) as he tries to make some sense of life in his last summer before college. Jimmy is infatuated with a beautiful young socialite, Lisa (Meredith Salenger), mainly because he hasn't gotten past second base with her. He is seduced by an attractive divorced friend of his

mother's, Joyce (Ann Magnuson). When Lisa is willing to have sex with him, he is unable to comply because he just made love to Joyce. Later he discovers that his father is also having an affair with Joyce. A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON is a film with much more on its mind than the juvenile

pranks and drooling titillation found in the youth-oriented epics with which it has been compared. Richert does a fine job capturing the alienation, confusion, and desperation that can follow high school, as well as the very real class distinctions that begin to define students' futures.

MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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