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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 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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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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First Love Lasts Forever See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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 »

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Along for the Ride See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Alec Baldwin was offered the role of Ben Clifton. See more »

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When the bartender hands Ben the script, his pen is inside it. But when Ben takes it from him, the pen is attached to the cover. See more »

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Features The Hustler (1961) See more »

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Say Goodbye
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Worth the time, especially for Griffith and Gordon-Levitt
9 July 2002 | by hershiser2See all my reviews

Where this film isn't a masterpiece by any means, it is certainly worth the time. Melanie Griffith shines in her role as Lulu and Joseph Gordon-Levitt stands out yet again in the role of Martin. Unfortunately, his time is much too brief in the film, as I think he's probably the most underrated actor today. He's extremely believable in his role and he showed us exactly how one would act in the situation his character was in.

Give the film a shot, it's worth the time- forget some of the characters Swayze has played in the past and look at him for the character he's playing now. Watch Melanie become Lulu... And lastly, you'll believe Gordon-Levitt is Martin in the awkward situation he's been thrown into.

Acting is an A, film is a B.


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