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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Joyce Fickett
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Lisa Bentwright
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Denise Hunter
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Suzie Middleberg
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Fred Roberts (as Matthew L. Perry)
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Al Reardon
Jane Hallaren ...
Faye Reardon
Jason Court ...
Mathew Hollander
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Mr. Spaulding
Marji Banks ...
Emma Spaulding
Margaret Moore ...
Mrs. Bentwright
Anastasia Fielding ...
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Kamie Harper ...
Rosie Reardon
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Toby Reardon
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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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15 January 1988 (Japan)  »

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Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?  »

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$6,264,058 (USA)
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The movies narration was originally performed by director (William Richert). 20th Century Fox decided the movie would be better geared towards a teen audience and Richert's narration sounded 'too grandfather like'. After much debating with Richert, (River Phoenix) was brought back over a year after the film wrapped to record the narration that would replace that of Richert in the final cut. See more »

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When Jimmy and Fred eat at the diner, "Just One Look" is playing. The film is set in 1962; "Just One Look" was released in 1963. See more »

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Jimmy Reardon: Jesus, Fred; do you always have to drive nine miles an hour?
Fred Roberts: Hey, i don't need to drive fast to get my kicks.
Suzie Middleberg: How do you get your kicks?
Denise Hunter: He reads.
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SHOP AROUND
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Berry Gordy
Performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Revenge of the 80's: River Phoenix superstar!
7 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988) was another starring vehicle for River Phoenix. The film is filled with a lot of teen stars that paraded around on the silver screen during the eighties. But unlike the teen comedies of today, these were rated R are just rated that way to get more of their core viewers. This was a great era for River Phoenix. He was starring like in every other big production that came out of Hollywood. But like all the stars, they eventually come down hard and River Phoenix was no exception.

The movie is about the life of a wild teen. He has all sorts of adventures and conquests. His home life is also a battlefield. Dealing with his absent father and girlfriend take a toll on his personal life as well as his school life. That is also a problem. At his age many kids are at a crossroads on what to do with their adult life. Go to school or get a job like his old man. What is a rapscallion like Jimmy going to do? Until that one wild night comes and passes.

Just another run-of-the-mill teen comedy from the eighties. Except this one's a River Phoenix starring vehicle. Nothing more, nothing less.

Recommended for fans of eighties films.


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