New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by
good times never seemed so good
Did You Know?
Wanting to depict the fictional town as being like any other working class town in America, Ted Demme
drew inspiration from The Deer Hunter
(1978) and had the film screened for the cast and crew. Demme cited the first third of that film as depicting real friendship. See more
Willie and Tracy's car becomes clean as they drive away at the end. See more
[after Paul's spontaneous marriage proposal
This is the desperate act of a desperate man; only when faced with losing me do you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with me.
So, what's wrong with that? I didn't like the alternative. I mean that's how one usually comes to a decision anyway, right?
Wrong again, Paul. One comes to a decision based on what one wants, not based on what one *doesn't* want. Got it?
References Léon: The Professional
Written and Performed by King Floyd
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