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Never Again (2001)

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Two people who have pledged never to fall in love again then discover each other in a gay bar.

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Eric Schaeffer

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Eric Schaeffer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Tambor ... Christopher
Jill Clayburgh ... Grace
Caroline Aaron ... Elaine
Bill Duke ... Earl
Sandy Duncan ... Natasha
Michael McKean ... Alex The Transvestite
Dan'l Linehan Dan'l Linehan ... Leather Go-Go Boy
Bill Weeden ... Mr. Speedy
Eric Axen ... Male College Go-Go Boy
David Bailey ... Chad
Trazana Beverley Trazana Beverley ... Night Nurse
Tom Cappadona ... Waiter
Caitlin Clarke ... Allison
India Cooper India Cooper ... Nurse
Peter Dinklage ... Harry Appleton
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Storyline

Never Again is a romantic comedy about falling in love despite your better judgment. An exterminator and jazz pianist in the noble model of Gary Cooper and other '40's screen legends, Christopher is having a sexual identity crisis. He hasn't been able to perform with the young women he's been dating, and is looking for sexual inspiration. Grace, an administrator for Mentors of New York, sends her final child off to college and then realizes that she hasn't tended to her own needs in a very long time. When Christopher meets Grace at a gay bar, her best friends admonish her that it's not a good idea to start a heterosexual relationship with a man you meet in a gay bar. Through human insecurities and foibles, and the refreshing reminder that the Boomer generation is still very much sexually viable, Christopher and Grace defy the odds of it never happening again. In a real, meaningful and adult fashion, they fall in love. Written by Shaigirl <shaigirl79@hotmail.com>

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Some people will try anything... even falling in love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coisas do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,088, 14 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$295,468, 11 August 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Caitlin Clarke's final film. See more »

Quotes

Grace: You're the one who told me to have sex!
Elaine: Sex like a normal person! Not like a porn star!
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Connections

References Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) See more »

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"I wanna grow old with you." ... "I'm already old."
8 October 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Thoroughly charming! Jill Clayburgh masterfully plays another savvy, divorced woman attempting to date again, and though some viewers may say she has mined this territory before, Clayburgh absolutely nails the love/hate relationship fifty-somethings have with getting back into the swing of things (sometimes it's much more enticing to just sit home and mope). After a blind date goes south, Jill unintentionally winds up in a gay bar with her girlfriends and they decide to make a night of it; luckily, exterminator/part-time jazz musician Jeffrey Tambor has also wandered in and the two singles 'meet cute' (he tells her he's open to "experimenting" and thinks she's a transsexual, she finds the situation amusing). Writer-director Eric Schaeffer loves a good cliché, and he doesn't mind playing up the storybook aspects of this wacky romance, however the film does fall into a predictable pattern (they meet, they fall in love, they fight, etc.). Still, when the writing is this delicious, and the cast is so attuned to the straightforward, occasionally barbed material, the results can be joyous. While Clayburgh mixes her playful, feisty bit with a more serious, defensive undercurrent (and succeeds beautifully), Jeffrey Tambor is the revelation here. Too often cast in sitcoms as a dunderhead or buffoon, Tambor displays wonderfully dry comic timing--and the embittered quality of his character is never off-putting (we can sympathize). Tambor seems to have no notion of what a handsome lug he is, and his aw-shucks shuffling and nervous body language is that much more appealing because of it. He's thoughtful and deep (and troubled), but also an old-fashioned romantic at heart, and Clayburgh's salty, sneaky wit brings out the best in him (he's dry, she's wry). Despite some comically 'shocking' scenes, the film isn't about sexual humiliation (thank God), and Schaeffer wants these two to be together as much as we do. It's a hip, sassy affair that should resonate with a lot of folks over forty. *** from ****


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