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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

The movie A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon was based on the book Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?.

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Movie details for A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

The movie was released in 1988 and directed by William Richert. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon was produced by Image Entertainment. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye, Louanne, Matthew Perry, Paul Koslo, Jane Hallaren, Jason Court, James Deuter, Marji Banks, Margaret Moore, Anastasia Fielding, Kamie Harper, Johnny Galecki, Melva Williams, Regan Andreas, E.J. Murray, Mark Winsten and Jack McLaughlin-Gray.

 

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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... Read More
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. --Bret Fetzer

Book details for Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye? was written by William Richert. The book was published in 1966 by D. Mckay Co. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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