A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

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
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Richert
Screenplay byWilliam Richert
Based onAren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?
by William Richert
Produced byMel Klein
Noel Marshall
Russell Schwartz
CinematographyJohn J. Connor
Edited bySuzanne Fenn
Music byBill Conti (US version)
Elmer Bernstein (non US version)
Island Pictures
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
February 26, 1988
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$6,264,058[1]

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 summaryEdit

In a wealthy Chicago suburb during the early 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts, and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter. 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. On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother's divorced friend, Joyce Fickett, who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander, instead. Jimmy crashes the family car and then shares a rapprochement with his father.



The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing a little over $6.2 million dollars against a $5 million dollar budget.

The film's critical reception was mostly negative to mixed. The film currently holds a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on six reviews.[2]


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