MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,128 this week

Hysterical Blindness (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  2 December 2003 (Norway)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 2,692 users  
Reviews: 69 user | 8 critic

Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 789 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 275 titles
created 14 Feb 2013
 
a list of 552 titles
created 21 May 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hysterical Blindness (TV Movie 2002)

Hysterical Blindness (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hysterical Blindness.

User Polls

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chelsea Walls (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.

Director: Ethan Hawke
Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bianca Hunter
My Louisiana Sky (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.

Director: Adam Arkin
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight
Tape (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three old high school friends pass the time in a Michigan motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school years.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

At night, baby-face Laura dresses up as a vamp and lets random guys at bars pick her up, just to drug and rob them later. But then someone starts stalking her, and a person close to her is ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Ily Huemer
Stars: Uma Thurman, Paul Dillon, Paul Richards
Normal (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.

Director: Jane Anderson
Stars: Richard Bull, Mary Seibel, Danny Goldring
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman
The Laughing Club of India (TV Movie 2001)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Portrait of the first laughing club in India, its founding by a doctor who believes that laughter is the best medicine, his outreach to schools, interviews with club members, scenes of ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale
Motherhood I (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Stars: Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver
Chasing Freedom (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lawyer reluctantly takes on the pro bono asylum case of a woman who has fled the brutal Taliban regieme in Afghanistan and arrived in the United States seeking freedom.

Director: Don McBrearty
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Layla Alizada, Bruce Gray
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stewart McBain (Coleman) is a real-estate mogul who spends his living blowing up old buildings to make room to erect new buildings. All goes as planned for a new subdivision, until a group ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Dabney Coleman, Uma Thurman, Joanna Cassidy
My Zinc Bed (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A recovering alcoholic becomes involved with his boss's wife, a former cocaine addict.

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Uma Thurman, Jonathan Pryce, Paddy Considine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Bobby (as Anthony De Sando)
...
...
Lisa Altomare ...
Dora
Laura Cahill ...
Tonya
Johann Carlo ...
Alex Draper ...
Russell Gibson ...
Diner Customer
Jayne Haynes ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 December 2003 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Ceguera histérica  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When the location of the shot of Beth (Juliette Lewis)'s car pulling away from behind her house - followed by a crane up to the overpass in the background - was scouted, the foliage only a few feet tall. But when it came time to shoot the scene, the stalks had grown so high that they obstructed the view of the overpass, and had to be pruned down. When the filmmakers could not identify the legal property owner, they went ahead and pruned it without permission. See more »

Goofs

At about 1 hour 10 minutes during Debbie's bedroom scene a hand holding the boom can be seen in the left side of the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Beth: Play anything by Zeppelin, you can't go wrong.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Jersey Girls
11 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Mira Nair, the talented director of this film keeps surprising us. She gets excellent acting from the different casts in all her movies. "Hysterical Blindness" is no exception. Ms. Nair working on the screen play by Laura Cahill, and based on Ms. Cahill's own stage play, takes us to a town in New Jersey, so close to Manhattan in geography, but far away in the way these people seem to be living in another planet.

Debby Miller blames her mother for whatever is wrong with her life. Her father left her when she was quite young. Her mother, Virginia, makes ends meet by working as a waitress in a local diner. Both daughter and mother have been cheated out of happiness because of the loss they have experienced. While Debby dwells on her unhappiness, Virginia seems to have adjusted quite well.

Debby is a woman that is desperate to find a man. Obviously, she is quite capable to give her best into any relationship. It's sad how she goes after the one man she should have avoided in the worst way. It will be too late before she realizes the mistake she has made.

Throughout the film, Debby and Beth, share their hopes and aspirations. While Beth is grounded, Debby is flighty, hoping for things she can't have. On the other hand, Virginia meets a nice man, Nick, at the diner. They begin a friendship that unfortunately is cut short by tragedy. All in all, the film final scenes tells us that Debby realizing her mistakes goes back to her roots and to her friendship with Beth.

The strength in the movie is the great performances Ms. Nair gets out of the four principals. Uma Thurman is good as the Debby. Gena Rowlands, as the mother, makes an appealing Virginia, who makes us care about her. Juliette Lewis, as Beth, is also endearing. Ben Gazzara makes a short, but effective contribution as Nick, the man who finds love with Virginia.

This is a film that shows Ms. Nair's talents perfectly.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Awkward moment W813bill
Why did Debbie take things so literally? maggietayl
HOW CUTE IS RICK? TDANGELA1963
Good Movie/Bad Movie natori4
A movie that's sadly overlooked... kbncyk
Hairspray dannyroddick0816
Discuss Hysterical Blindness (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?