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Forever Lulu (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 March 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Clifton
Ben Clifton
Jerome Ellsworth
Millie Ellsworth
Linda Davis
Man in Audience
Elisa Goodman ...
Woman in Audience
Greg Lipari ...
Book Seller
Man - Boardner's
Gabrielle Ashry ...
Hostess - Helena's
Bar Tender - Helena's


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 <>

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


Comedy | Romance

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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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Along for the Ride  »

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Antonio Banderas was originally cast as Ben Clifton. See more »


While in a park near midday, Ben has two distinct shadows. This occurs when Ben is walking down the path to get his cell phone back from Lulu. The shadow from the sun is seen to his left and the other shadow is on his right, seen against some greenery and a tree. Possibly from extra lighting behind the camera. See more »


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

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Love That Lives Beyond Years Of Separation
27 December 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Director and writer John Kaye has put a lot of heart into the making of 'Forever Lulu'. With an innovative story he tackles lots of different themes of love like a love between a husband and a wife, an undying love between a two former lovers that was interrupted by a mental illness and a love between parents and children. Part of 'Forever Lulu' is a road movie and the viewer is given some wonderful glimpses of the American landscape. The story is tight and moves at a steady pace. On the flip side, I wonder why the Steven Bauer- Penelope Ann Miller track was left open to the viewers. The performances by the three main leads are great. It is finally good to see Melanie Griffith do something of note. Her subtle yet spirited performance and occasionally (but suitably) explosive scenes reflect her skills as a talented actress. Patrick Swayze too gives a nuanced and understated performance. Penelope Ann Miller is wonderfully pulls off a role that could have easily been messed up by a lesser actor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Richard Schiff have small roles but they have a welcoming presence. I also liked the soundtrack which is whimsical at times and gentle at others. The film is quite well executed overall and I wonder why I had not heard much about it during the last years. The film was more than I had expected because given the recent track record of the three leads I expected a lesser film but instead got a pleasant surprise.

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