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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

Directed by:
James Bridges

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Hektiske døgn i New York

RUNNING TIME
107 minutes

Produced by:
Mark Rosenberg
Sydney Pollack

Written by (based on his own novel):
Jay McInerney


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jamie Comway Michael J. Fox ½
Tad Allagash Kiefer Sutherland ½
Amanda Conway Phoebe Cates -
Megan Swoosie Kurtz ½
Clara Tillinghast Frances Sternhagen
Vicky Allagash Tracy Pollan ½
Mr. Vogel John Houseman -
Michael Charlie Schlatter -
Mother Dianne Wiest -
Mr. Hardy (uncredited) Jason Robards -

 

Review

There's not quite enough of the bright lights and the big city in this adaptation of Jay McInerney's best-selling novel about drugging, clubbing and heartbreak in 1980s New York City. The director is James Bridges (The China Syndrome), and to his credit, he does treat the material seriously and is able to retain a certain meandering, literary quality. But the film never quite feels like it's reporting from the inside. You always feel a slight distance to the material, which keeps you from being fully transported into the hotchpotch of the city. Bright Lights, Big City has not ended up as a cheap fashion statement, as some of its contemporaries did, but it doesn't have the necessary allure and excitement to do McIrneney's novel justice. Michael J. Fox, although arguably miscast, gives it his all in the lead. His drunken monologue at Swoosie Kurtz' apartment might just be the best acting he did in all his career. With Kiefer Sutherland as Fox' snorting-buddy and an underused Phoebe Cates as his ex.

Copyright © 22.08.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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