New York Times - 04/01/1988
"...It does go a long way toward bringing the book to life....The fundamental decency of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY emerges as the film's signal quality..."
Variety - 03/30/1988
"...Kurtz is endearing..."
The film adaptation of Jay McInerney's best-selling novel stars Michael J. Fox as yuppie New Yorker Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer whose life has fallen apart: His mother (Dianne Wiest) has died, and his model wife (Phoebe Cates) has just left him. Nightly, Jamie seeks solace in cocaine, alcohol, and the glittery nightclub scene, becoming completely immersed in the decadence and debauchery of 1980s upwardly mobile Manhattan. With the help of his hard-partying debutante friend, Tad (Kiefer Sutherland), Jamie can barely see straight, making it increasingly difficult to make his way to his unfulfilling job as a fact checker at a downtown lifestyle magazine. As Jamie becomes more and more consumed with his nightly routine and his own severe depression, he is fired from his job and forced to make a choice: either continue his downward spiral or examine his life--and change it for the better. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY is a moving drama that colorfully explores the vivid era that writer Jay McInerney helped to immortalize. Fox shines, especially in a long monologue that is fascinating to watch.
This film is based on Jay McInerney's second-person novel about a would-be young writer who, haunted by his mother's death, his wife's desertion, and his boring research job at a magazine, succumbs to booze, cocaine, and the late-night New York club scene.
Big City |
Family Interaction |
Substance Abuse |
Look for a brief appearance by David Hyde Pierce (FRASIER) as a bartender at the Oscar de La Renta fashion show.
Tracy Pollan, who plays Vicky, is married to Michael J. Fox.