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Forever Lulu (2000)

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, brief nudity and a scene of disturbing images | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Along for the Ride  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Forever Lulu has an alternate name: Along For The Ride See more »


Items on the bar move around between shots. There is a wine glass on the bar next to Ben that isn't there when he sits down or stands up. And there's a large napkin/straw/coaster holder that is at the far end of the bar when Ben comes in, moves right next to him when he sits down, and disappears when he stands up, all without the chance for the bartender to move it. See more »


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Worth it only for Melanie Griffith's performance
28 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Along for the Ride (or "Forever Lulu") is not a special film by any means. It's quite average like most films it has its moments. The only really surprising thing about it is how powerful the source music is at the end. Other than that the plot is pretty much predictable. Melanie Griffith does an absolutely amazing job in this film yet again and if you're a fan of hers its the only reason to see this film. Penelope Ann Miller is also quite good in a supporting part. If you have some time to kill this ain't bad.

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