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Forever Lulu (2000)

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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John Kaye

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Lulu McAfee
Penelope Ann Miller ... Claire Clifton
Patrick Swayze ... Ben Clifton
Richard Schiff ... Jerome Ellsworth
Annie Corley ... Millie Ellsworth
Lee Garlington ... Linda Davis
Michael J. Pollard ... Hippie
Ryan Bollman ... Freddie
Matthew Fairchild ... Man in Audience
Elisa Goodman Elisa Goodman ... Woman in Audience
Greg Lipari Greg Lipari ... Book Seller
Nick Offerman ... Man - Boardner's
Daniel Nathan Spector ... Clark
Gabrielle Ashry Gabrielle Ashry ... Hostess - Helena's
David Duran ... Bar Tender - Helena's
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Storyline

Lulu McAfee lives in a San Francisco home for mentally-ill adults. In June 1999, she bolts for Los Angeles and contacts Ben Clifton, an old flame, now unhappily writing for television 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 sixteenth 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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Two Ex-Lovers. One Open Road. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Along for the Ride See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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This movie's alternate name is: "Along for the Ride". See more »

Goofs

When Lulu is lying in bed being questioned about her medication, she lights a cigarette. She takes it from her mouth in her left hand but in the next shot it is in her right hand as she ruffles her hair. The cigarette is in her hand with her arms crossed over her head but in the cut back to the shot of Ben as he talks she has taken a puff even though no time has passed for her to do so. See more »

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References ER (1994) See more »

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An Amazing and Lovely Film!
8 April 2001 | by poopsiySee all my reviews

First, I just want to say what a marvelous job Melanie Griffith did in this movie! She lit up the screen. Like the other reviewer said, she has been in a string of great performances. Lolita, Another day in paradise, Crazy in Alabama, RKO 281, Cecil B. Demented, and now this. I'm so happy for Melanie that she has found the right roles and that she has her life on track.

The story was great and it sort of reminded me of the old romance movies. Everything is subtle with just a twinge of romance. The ending will leave a smile on your face! Its just disappointing that it wasn't in theaters, but then again, the American public can't decide what is good, classy entertainment. Instead, we have garbage like Scary Movie and Nutty Professor 2 invading cinemas and making millions. Kudos to the cast, the director, and mostly Melanie. This is a keeper!


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