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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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Ceguera histérica  »

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Trivia

The exterior of the bar is actually an apartment building in Paterson, New Jersey. Beer signs and background actors were placed in the windows (which themselves were altered to match the windows at the interior bar location) to create the appearance of a bar. The interiors were filmed at a closed-down bar/restaurant in Bayonne, New Jersey. See more »

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

Quotes

Debby Miller: Beth!Why'd you have to congratulate her?
Beth: I don't know.She's a human being, isn't she?
Debby Miller: She's wearing pink shoes.
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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino 2003 (2003) See more »

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Dance Hall Days
Written by Jack Hues
Performed by Wang Chung
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Acting so real that it's painful to watch.
10 August 2005 | by (Tucson,AZ) – See all my reviews

For anyone who has ever been truly, painfully lonely and done really stupid things under the influence of alcohol just to gain a little affection and affirmation, this movie will be like looking in the mirror. I winced when Uma's character literally flung herself at a guy who is, like a recent book popular dating book says, is just not that into her. The pain on Uma's character's face is just too much to take sometimes. I've watched this film twice and even though the I knew what was going to happen, seeing it a second time was just as heart-wrenching and touching. Kudos to all the actors, especially Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands. PLEASE see every Gena Rowlands movie ever made - you won't be disappointed. She is one of the finest actors of our time.


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