A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

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Time Out says

William (Winter Kills) Richert's rites of passage movie is based on a novel he wrote 20 years ago when he was 19. Set in Chicago in 1962, it's narrated by the eponymous hero (Phoenix), a socially-ambitious 17-year-old from the wrong side of the tracks, who models himself on Dean, Kerouac and Casanova. The film charts a crucial few days, between school and college, in which his boyhood illusions of a glittering campus career, and an idyllic romance with virginal Ivy Leaguer Salenger, succumb to a manly assumption of responsibility. The trouble starts when he is conned by an ex into paying for her abortion with money intended for college; then, planning to elope with Salenger, he falls foul of his own libido, bedding everyone from his best friend's girl to a divorcee acquaintance of his mother. While the film has the charm of rose-tinted retrospect and is often very funny, the pacing is wrong (it seems much longer than it is) and the sex scenes fail to convince.
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1988

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93 mins

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Shannon Tucker

When I saw this film, I wasn't expecting anything of what I thought. But, when it got to all of the hustling and sleeping with both MEN and WOMEN, it really woke me up to what life was reallyl ike for some people. I had met for my first time a hustler who was gay and was looking to suck someone's cock. I didn't expect that!! And when I lived later in Las Vegas, I saw the prostitiutes and advertisements for male and female escorts!!! Even advertisement for people to be escorts!! Well that it! The film was good, I think. And I think some people should see this before getting involved in any sex business.

Megan

i love this movie very good its a drama and River Phoenix does an amazing job as the charcter of Jimmy Reardon