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Enjoyed this film about a girl named Elaine, (Hanna Schyqulla) whose luck in life seems to be going down hill. Elaine wants to be a writer and she works during the day for a company that makes toilet seats and in the evening she writes her books. Elaine one day is late for work and she loses her job and has fallen behind in the rent and is being evicted from her apartment in a rough section of New York City. Elaine is also looking for an elusive woman named LuLu (Deborah Harry) and they keep running across each others path. Unfortunately, Elaine gets herself mixed up with murder, robbery, drugs and two attaché cases full of money, plus a full length mink coat and the mafia is also very interested in her whereabouts. This film has plenty of comedy, some nudity and plenty to keep you interested right to the very end of this film. Enjoy
"Forever Lulu" might be considered a "black comedy", but the story randomly puddles around like a doodlebug on a pond so the few dark comedy elements are lost in the confusion of a badly scattered script. Do not expect to see much of Alec Baldwin or Deborah Harry as their parts are small. The editing is especially weak, and while there are at least a bunch of recognizable character actors, they are badly wasted by the meandering storyline. There is shooting and an attempt at portraying meaningful friendship, but the entertainment value simply isn't there. Skip "Forever Lulu" even if you are a fan of Alec Baldwin or Deborah Harry................ - MERK
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We thought this film was made in the 70s, because of its portrayal of
NYC as a crime-ridden, sleaze hole, and the use of rotary phones, disco
music, and other older artifacts of the 70s.
The only clue that it might have been from 1987 was Schygulla's advanced age, and Wayne Knight in a bit part as a high-heel licking masochist in the one racy scene at an S/M club. Schygulla sounded like she had a little problem with the language, causing her to give a weaker performance than if it were a European production. Like other Kollek movies I've seen, it seemed to have a good message, but was hampered by the miscasting of Schygulla. The best part of the movie was some of Paul Chihara's music, including one scene where he wrote a cue that sounded like it could have come from a 1980s Steely Dan record, and the end title music, which was a pretty, minor key piece involving some fine playing by two acoustic guitarists,
Although this movie has been advertised on cable TV as starring Deborah Harry, she actually has only a brief cameo role. The real star is the lead actress, Hanna Schygulla. Though the script is a bit thin, Hanna Schygulla is so appealing that it is easy to become engrossed in the movie. It's hard to understand why such an attractive and capable actress, who was a major star in Germany, never got much attention in Hollywood. The plot is basically about a woman whose luck gets so bad that she hits rock bottom, but then takes advantage of curious turns of events to turn her life around. In the process she learns what is really important to her, and also comes to realize who her real friends are.
This off-shot of Desperately Seeking Susan should interest fans of Debbie Harry, lead singer of the rock band Blondie,who has inspired all female rock musicians throughout the world. It's cute and light entertainment, though not very good, but Harry fans beware: our girl appears off and on throughout the entire film, but only has one line of dialogue. Still, it's superior to the previous film,due mainly to the fact that Debbie is a million times cooler than Madonna.The best film, so far, for Debbie fans is Intimate Stranger.
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