Bright Lights, Big City
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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 5-AUG-2003
Media Type: DVD
Michael J. Fox plays the most sympathetic cocaine addict you've ever seen in the movie of Jay McInerney's popular novel Bright Lights, Big City, the book that famously chronicled the coke- and cash-fueled era of the 1980s. Jamie Conway (Fox) works as a fact-checker for a major New York magazine, but because he spends his nights partying with his glib best friend (Kiefer Sutherland), he's on the verge of getting fired. His wife, a fast-rising model (Phoebe Cates), just left him; he's still reeling from the death of his mother (Dianne Wiest) a year earlier; and he's obsessed with a tabloid story about a pregnant woman in a coma. Bright Lights, Big City doesn't have much of a plot, but in its meandering way it captures some of the glossy chaos of the time and of a man desperately trying to escape the pain in his life. --Bret Fetzer
Top Customer Reviews
If you think the book was better than the movie, think again. The screenplay was written by the author, Jay McInerney. So it actually resembles the novel. Nice job.
And those of you who think this is a stretch for Fox, think again. Michael had his own coke problem which is what drew him to this role in the first place. Great job, Michael. I think this the most mature performance of your career. Best of luck to you, brother. Sutherland is great too.
And yes, I'm in total agreement with previous reviewers, this begs to be rereleased in widescreen.
Don't be fooled by the lackluster reviews for this flick, it's one of the best films ever made about being lost in addiction. Hope this brings up the reviews a little. IT'S A WONDERFUL FILM.
Jamie Connaway is a small town guy who heads to the big city of New York to find succes. He gets a job at a stuffy magazine that is specific about facts. His boss, Claire, is the type of woman who walks around without expressions on her face and purposely slams her high heels down when she walks. Jamie is often helped out at work by a woman from the same office who seems to feel for him.
His boring days lead to nights full of nightclubs, cocaine, and booze. He goes out every night with his buddy Alagash. Alagash is a yuppie who goes around telling people that Jamie's wife is dead even though she really left Jamie. Alagash seems to feel for Jamie's wife leaving Jamie but looks at it as more of a joke. We really do not see why there is a friendship between Alagash and Jamie besides the fact that they both love booze and drugs.
That's what BLBC is all about. It follows Jamie through about a week or so of craziness until he finally has a little to much coke and begins bleeding one night at a party. He then decides that his life is going nowhere and that he needs to start over.
The film along with the book is excellent. The adaption, from book to screen, is well done. I also highly reccomend the book wich has a great narrative style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's worth it to buy this movie because some of the transitions are not on the online versions. They make a difference and add to the feel. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wickred
When seeing it in the theater I imagined it would be another farce with a heart. Fox's previous fare was fun but nothing that I took very seriously. This was the game changer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard A. Tucker
Lame movie based on an even lamer book. Michael J Fox is always good though.Published 17 months ago by Phenom N.
for someone who likes Keifer Southerland this is one of his movies, nice to watch and love owning it.Published on August 1, 2014 by manatee
Michael J. Fox is a childhood favorite of mine, so it's a little surprising Bright Lights, Big City isn't that great of a movie. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Bryan
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