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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

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A charming womanizer has to find a way to get $80 to elope to Hawaii with his one true love, or else go to his father's chosen business school.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Fickett
Lisa Bentwright
Denise Hunter
Louanne ...
Suzie Middleberg
Fred Roberts (as Matthew L. Perry)
Al Reardon
Jane Hallaren ...
Faye Reardon
Jason Court ...
Mathew Hollander
Mr. Spaulding
Marji Banks ...
Emma Spaulding
Margaret Moore ...
Mrs. Bentwright
Anastasia Fielding ...
Kamie Harper ...
Rosie Reardon
Toby Reardon


A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he comes to understand his parents and eventually bonds with his father. Written by Mark Andrew Radford <s2194044@cse.unsw.edu.au>

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Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?  »

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$6,264,058 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The parents of lead actor (River Phoenix) asked director (William Richert) to remove a line by character Joyce Fickett in which she states to Jimmy Reardon; "Jimmy, I want to fuck you", fearing that it would affect their 16 year old sons relationship with his tween fan base. Richert refused to remove it completely but muted the line instead. See more »


When Jimmy talks to Rosie at the bowling alley, "He's So Fine" is playing. The film is set in 1962; "He's So Fine" was released in 1963. See more »


Jimmy Reardon: Al? Al Reardon? My father. My moral, upright, coffee sluping, status seeking, putting in overtime, hard day at the office, early rising, early bedding, make your own way in life father, had been screwing Joyce Fickett! that balding man with responsibilities was an extramarital joy-boy! no wonder i was having so much trouble! It was hereditary!
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Written by Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg (as Louis Steinberg), Al Jackson Jr. and Booker T. Jones
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Copyright Irving Music Inc. BMI
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12 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie when I was younger and enjoyed it, now....it just seems boring. There are no likable characters, the script does a poor job of even letting you get to know anyone but jimmy. It isn't funny, not at all so I'm not sure why it is classified as a comedy. Honestly jimmy just doesn't have that much happen to him, other than lots of sex. Watching this now it just falls flat. There is no lesson learned, no great friendships explored, no amazing love story here. Jimmy doesn't seem to really care about anyone but himself. You get the idea ( due to the narration), that jimmy does indeed become a writer...but that's not explored either. His writing is actually just a side note in the story . It's almost as if somewhere in there a good story existed, but they don't finish telling it or something. It's really just a movie about a selfish person, surrounded by selfish people...who is really nave about life and has no clue what he wants to do, other than girls of course. This movie s devoid of purpose and fairly vapid.

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