A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)


“The damn thing just had to fizzle out at the most important moment of my life. Six months of patience and top level planning and believing and coaxing and wooing and now this! This power failure! This black out! and for what? For helping out that poor, frustrated woman? Was there no justice?” – Jimmy Reardon

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 13 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In the 1960’s, a high school senior must decide whether to elope to Hawaii with his girlfriend or agree to attend the same Business School that his father graduated from.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing at least once as a kid on cable yet didn’t remember much abut what happens.

I actually should be grateful for that hole in my memory because I probably wouldn’t have bothered to watch this again.

This was an extremely boring coming of age film that doesn’t manage to find a way to stay interesting.

River Phoenix was a superb actor, but his character isn’t given enough to do here and he comes across as seeming far too superficial in all that he does.

The plot and story are sloppy and choppy the whole way through which make sit even more difficult to care about the characters or the situations that they get into along the way.

The film has a very talented supporting cats including very young Matthew Perry and Ione Skye, yet neither of their characters are given enough to do.

This isn;t a very long film, yet due to the slow pacing and boring story it was quite a chore to get through.

Bottom Line – Really boring coming of age movie that isn’t able to find its groove. Phoenix is a superb actor, yet he isn’t given enough to do here and his character comes across as being far more superficial than we would like. The story itself is a bit too choppy and fails to give us anything to even care about. The supporting cast is also great with Perry and Skye in role which should have been expanded.  Despite its relatively short run time, this film was a real chore to get through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – River Phoenix, who played Jimmy, was embarrassed by his role in this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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One thought on “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1988 | MovieRob

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