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  • Actors: River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye, Louanne
  • Directors: William Richert
  • Writers: William Richert
  • Producers: Lauren Graybow, Mel Klein, Noel Marshall, Richard H. Prince, Russell Schwartz
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051S7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" on IMDb

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Jimmy's about to change his entire life in just one night. It's the eve of high school graduation, the beginning of the rest of his life. But for Jimmy Reardon, it seems like the end. His girlfriend, Lisa, is moving to Hawaii. His friends are going Ivy League. And if his father gets his way, Jimmy is going to a very dull, all male, business school. Jimmy, however, has other plans for himself. In just 24 hours, he's going to demolish his relationship with Lisa, several friendships and his dad's car. River Phoenix (Stand By Me) stars as the irrepressible Jimmy Reardon in this rambunctious comedy.

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The late, much-missed River Phoenix had his first starring role in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, one of the more unusual teen comedies of the 1980s. Jimmy (Phoenix) is a lower-class kid whose parents have gotten him into a wealthy school, where he hangs out with kids who can't comprehend not having money. Jimmy puts the moves on almost every girl he meets, including Denise (Ione Skye from Say Anything and Gas Food Lodging), the girlfriend of his best friend Fred (a very young Matthew Perry, who has gone on to huge success on the TV show Friends), even though his own girlfriend, Lisa (Meredith Salenger), is about to move to Hawaii. On the evening of graduation, Jimmy ruins just about every relationship he has and wrecks his dad's car along the way. A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is based on a novel that screenwriter-director William Richert wrote when he was 19, and you can tell--the movie is full of self-aggrandizing gestures, bad poetry, and wounded looks. But despite that--or because of it--the movie also has something of the genuine chaos of late adolescence, when you start to realize that the dreams you have might not be what you want, and that your worst fears might not be the worst that could happen. Phoenix is a truly charismatic presence, though his fresh face is a bit at odds with his scamming character. The movie isn't a cinematic Catcher in the Rye, but it's exploring the same troubled territory. --Bret Fetzer

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Either way, it is a funny movie!
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A Christmas Gift for my daughter, she loves it.
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This turned out to be a very good movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Damiano on May 18, 2004
Format: DVD
I remeber this movie in 1988 quite well because I was transfixed by River Phoenix's character. Based on the novel by Bill Richert "Aren't you even going to kiss me goodbye" Phoenix plays Jimmy a smooth talking charming kid from a working class family who lives in the richer side of town. Hangs with these rich kids who are the type to die if they ever lost their money. While trying to impress and win the heart of the one girl who ever really got to him his girlfriend Lisa ( Meredith Salenger) before she moves to Hawaii. He gets himself into hard situations and troubles just about every relationship he has by sleeping with his best friends ( Mathew Perry) girlfriend, has sex with his mothers best friend. Then smashes his fathers car up in the course of one night. River's character in this film is the type that has a charisma that makes it hard for people to say no to or stay mad at. A funny teen angst movie excellent performance by River Phoenix they couldn't of casted anyone else for this role. One of my favorite 80's coming of age films worth viewing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2001
Format: DVD
The movie is ok... I'll let others write that review, this review is aimed at the dvd quality. This transfer is poor at best. In some cases it's not just soft focus, it's outright blurred! Sound is ok, some "hiss & pops". Watch it on a cable channel with substandard reception and you'll experience the same quality video/audio. It's unfortunate movie studios rip DVD users off like this. DVD is supposed to be BETTER quality, not look like this!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
Format: DVD
i went through alot of trouble to see this movie when i was a kid. my mom let me rent it after i looked for it all over the place. i searched everywhere and then i found it at a blockbuster. she said for me to rent it but that she had to watch it with me because she didnt want me watching r rated movies. so i said okay and we went home to watch it and after time after time of having to put my hands over my eyes (and peaking through my little fingers and smiling) jimmy started getting it on with joice fikkit on the floor and mom said for me to go to my room and i was unable to finish the movie.
then finally i go to a friends and we rent it on her dads card because he didnt care what we watched. then of course i could rent it at home because "mom, ive already seen it". this movie was out of print for years but now its on dvd.
jimmys got this holden caufield, rebel without a cause thing with him. in the process of trying to get what he wants he screws things up i guess thats why as 23 year old ive grown to connect with jimmy. i think anyone who has chased the person they love out the door after they chased them out knowing that the person will never come back can appreciate this movie. i think anyone who enjoyed catcher in the rye would appreciate this movie and yes even though i dont like connecting old movies to new ones because i like the old ones better. i think if you liked igby goes down youll find a place in your heart and your movie collection for jimmy.
a past one night stand informs jimmy falsly that she needs his college fund so that she can get an abortion and now jimmys got 36 hours to get his life situated. during this 36 hours jimmy can have any girl he wants but jimmy doesnt want just any girl what he wants is lisa.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Battle on September 11, 2004
Format: DVD
This film is one of the best coming of age films ever made. It's defintely one of the best teen films of the 80's. We lost a great actor in the making when we lost River Pheonix. Check it out you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2003
Format: DVD
I am a teen boy and I can relate to River Phoenix. He is hot and great in this movie about a sexually frustrated teen. Matthew Perry stars as his "friend". A good teen movie from the 80's. River, you are missed...:(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leyda Gonzalez on September 21, 2008
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I am a River Phoenix fan,and I personally think he made a good portrayal of what a teenager with family, group pressure, sexuality, friendship, and personal issues deals with, and how good and bad decisions turn out to have a diffrent outcome than the ones one might expect.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface on August 10, 2001
Format: DVD
A hard film to review this one. I'm tempted to say it's a crock of ..., but I'm a Phoenix fan. And while the direction is uninspired (and at times downright sluggish), Phoenix is as usual engaging. The supporting actresses are all very unique and decidedly quirky - particularly amusing is the underused Louanne as Susie, and Matthew Perry in an early role as Phoenix's best downtrodden friend is amusing.
Director Richert worked with Phoenix again in Gus van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, this time acting.
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It's a decent movie. Had some really funny moments. If you're a River Phoenix fan or a fan of 80's comedies, you have to watch this. I liked the movie, but I'm a also a huge River Phoenix fan. There is nothing overall special about the script or the characters, but the acting of Phoenix is good. You also get to see a very young Matthew Perry, who would later go on to star on the sitcom Friends.
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