See You in the Morning (film)
|See You in the Morning|
Original movie poster
|Directed by||Alan J. Pakula|
|Produced by||Alan J. Pakula
|Written by||Alan J. Pakula|
|Music by||Michael Small|
|Editing by||Evan A. Lottman|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release dates||14 April 1989|
|Running time||119 min.|
|Box office||$4,795,009 (USA)|
See You in the Morning is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige and Farrah Fawcett. It features music by Nat "King" Cole and Cherri Red. The original music score was composed by Michael Small.
While Beth Goodwin (Alice Krige) is a happily married mother of two children - living with a pianist (David Dukes) - psychiatrist Larry Livingstone (Jeff Bridges) is living a New York life with his wife Jo (Farrah Fawcett) and their two young children. Three years later, Beth’s husband Peter suddenly becomes paralyzed in his hands and commits suicide, leaving Beth and the children heartbroken. Larry is abandoned by his wife and two children, who have moved to London since the split. He is introduced to Beth at a party of Martin (George Hearn) and Sidney (Linda Lavin), and an immediate attraction to each other ensues. Larry is more occupied by the attendance of Jo though, who has shown up with her new flame, actor Jack (Mark La Mura). At the end of the night, he brings home Beth, and is welcomed by her children Cathy (Drew Barrymore) and Petey (Lukas Haas).
Even though Beth’s mother Neenie (Frances Sternhagen) criticizes him for having given up on his marriage with Jo too fast, Larry continues to meet with Beth. He even introduces his children Robin (Heather Lilly) and Billy (Macaulay Culkin) to the Goodwins, but they do not blend well together. Especially Robin blames her father for replacing Jo with Beth, and a planned wedding is shoved due to the continuing frictions. Sidney, Beth’s best friend, advises Beth to give Larry another chance, explaining how love is not always perfect by giving example of how Martin has committed adultery. Simultaneously, Larry dresses up as Cupid and convinces her to marry him. She quickly starts to worry about their future though, fearing that Larry will one day abandon her the way Peter did.
Realizing that the families are not easy to put together as one whole family, Larry proposes to move to another apartment, explaining that their current residence will always be Cathy and Petey’s father’s place. Beth’s children react dismissive of Larry’s idea, refusing to let another family live in their father’s place. This situation is the cause of the worsening relationship between the Goodwins and the Livingstones. While Beth is overseas for work, Cathy starts to rebel, and is arrested for shoplifting at Bloomingdale’s. Larry continues to feel fulnerable to Jo, whose mother is revealed to be dying; prompting Jo to leave the children with Larry. Upon Beth’s return to New York, Larry is criticized for bad parenting of her children.
Since the death of Neenie, he is more focused on comforting his ex-wife and two children in Maine. Jo admits that she still loves him, leaving Larry uncertain on what to do. He returns to New York, admitting to Beth that he did not commit adultery, despite feeling connected to Jo. For a short while, Beth distances herself from Larry, until he is finally able to ensure her that she is the only love in his life. Cathy and Petey mistake Larry and Beth’s night of making love for a violent struggle. Their fear that something has happened to them, makes the children realize how much they actually appreciate Larry. The film ends with the whole family accepting to move to a new house.
|Jeff Bridges||Larry Livingstone|
|Alice Krige||Beth Goodwin|
|Farrah Fawcett||Jo Livingstone|
|Drew Barrymore||Cathy Goodwin|
|Lukas Haas||Petey Goodwin|
|David Dukes||Peter Goodwin|
|Macaulay Culkin||Billy Livingstone|
|Heather Lilly||Robin Livingstone|
|Kate Wilkinson||Aunt Matilda|
|“||Considering the fashionable phoniness of the narrative, the actors do very well... Even the child actors, including Drew Barrymore, are not bad.||”|
|“||What almost redeems See You in the Morning are the performances.||”|
- Canby, Vincent (1989-04-21). "''The New York Times'' original review". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
- "See You In The Morning :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
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