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Hysterical Blindness (2002)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 21 August 2002
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

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In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves. Written by Schleppy

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In the 80's, they said love was a battlefield...they were right.

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Cegueira Histérica  »

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During filming at the Bar exterior, a freight train rumbled right through the set, shutting down filming for several minutes and igniting a reflective light screen, which had been blown onto a light by the wind from the passing train. See more »

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The movie is set in 1987, but there are many late-90's model vehicles. See more »

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Beth: Play anything by Zeppelin, you can't go wrong.
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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino 2003 (2003) See more »

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What You Need
Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence
Performed by INXS
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OUTSTANDING ACTING
26 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of 2002's best acting performances is in this movie about two young women pursuing their dreams but only finding emptiness. One will never be disappointed by the always great acting of Gena Rowlands and Juliette Lewis. The surprise is in the acting of Uma Thurman. Her character has to be one of the most difficult roles I've ever seen, and she is so convincing that it's hard to believe that she doesn't live a life off-stage as she did here. The movie is excellently directed and edited. The subject is somewhat discomforting, as is much of today's culture.


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