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Forever Lulu (2000)

A schizophrenic romantic tracks down her college sweetheart to help her find their son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago to the dismay of his new wife.

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Lulu McAfee lives in a San Francisco home for mentally-ill adults. In June 1999, she bolts for L.A. and contacts Ben Clifton, an old flame, now unhappily writing for TV and unhappily married to a psychiatrist, Claire. Ben is ready to call Lulu's doctor when she tells him they have a son, born after she became ill and their affair ended. He calls Claire to tell her he's driving Lulu to Wisconsin to meet the boy on his 16th birthday, a visit Lulu claims is arranged. On the drive, Lulu tries to rekindle the affair and restart Ben's idealism. Meanwhile, Claire boards a plane to Madison to watch her marriage collapse. Is there really a son? What emotional landmines will the trip set off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two Ex-Lovers. One Open Road. See more »

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Rated R for language, brief nudity and a scene of disturbing images | See all certifications »
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3 March 2001 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Alec Baldwin was offered the role of Ben Clifton. See more »

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When confronting the old man at The Pines Cafe, Lulu is wearing a striped tank top. But in one of the shots of the old man and Lulu's arm she's wearing a blue t-shirt. See more »

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Referenced in Home of the Brave (2006) See more »

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Drama about several serious subjects
26 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no idea why this film was listed as a comedy. It definitely is a romance and depicts several different loves - infatuation (in flash backs and memories), parents' love a child, a wife's love for a husband, a husband's love of a wife, and a love above other loves.

Patrick Swayze is brilliant portraying a man torn between the burning memory of an earlier passionate love with Lulu (Melanie Griffith) and a love he feels for his wife. Swayze's character takes off across country with Lulu in search of his son with Lulu that he just found out about. Swayze is a handsome, moving leading man.

It is an excellent film that portrays a beautiful woman (Griffith) who has struggled with mental illness for years. Melanie Griffith's seems to always be able to portray sweet vulnerability even when her characters should not be sweet and vulnerable - she is able to dig down and find the soul of her characters.

Penelope Miller does a wonderful job as the wife of Swayze's character. Definitely worth watching - have tissues nearby!


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