A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon filmposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Richert
Produced by Mel Klein
Noel Marshall
Russell Schwartz
Screenplay by William Richert
Based on Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?
by William Richert
Music by Bill Conti (US version)
Elmer Bernstein (non US version)
Cinematography John J. Connor
Edited by Suzanne Fenn
Island Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
February 26, 1988
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $6,264,058

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, also known as Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?, is a 1988 American coming of age drama film written and directed by William Richert and starring River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Matthew Perry, Ione Skye, and Louanne. It is based upon the novel Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?, also by William Richert. The story centers on a high school graduate who must decide if he wants to go to business school at the request of his father, or go his own way and find a full-time job, while also deciding on who he wants to be in life and if he should leave his house.

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon was filmed in 1986 and released in early 1988. The released film deviates considerably from the original director's cut, which is now available under the title Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the early 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix) hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts (Matthew Perry), and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter (Ione Skye). He spends his time writing poetry and drinking coffee while he decides what to do after high school. His parents won't help him pay for tuition unless he attends the same business college as his father did, but Jimmy doesn't want to follow that path. Instead, he focuses on coming up with enough money for a plane ticket to go to Hawaii with his wealthy yet chaste girlfriend, Lisa Bentwright (Meredith Salenger). On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother's divorced friend, Joyce Fickett (Ann Magnuson), who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander (Jason Court) instead. Jimmy then crashes the family car and shares an intimate rapproachment with his father (Paul Koslo).


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