Jessica Lange plays Beth in this warm-hearted, funny fable about staying together when all else is falling apart. Debuting Chris O'Donnell and Charlie Korsmo as the sons who unwittingly push her into one pitfall of single parenthood after another.
Rolling Stone - 02/22/1990
"...It's gratifying to watch the splendid Jessica Lange inhabit a role...Cusack, who gets better with each film, is bewitching..."
New York Times - 02/02/1990
"...[MEN DON'T LEAVE] gets by...on [Lange's] exceptional ability to hold an audience's attention, and on the warmly comic family scenes [Brickman] stages well..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/11/1995
"...[O'Donnell's] performance is a marvel of naturalness..." -- Rating: A-
Los Angeles Times - 02/23/1990
"...It's a tender, beautifully acted, diabolically droll film on the subject of love, loss and the sheer blissful unpredictability of life..."
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Life has just handed Beth Macauley the short straw. Her husband and suburban home are gone. She still has her two boys - and a new destination. She's moving to the big city of Baltimore - and into the biggest adventure of her life.
Two-time Academy Award winner* Jessica Lange plays Beth in this warm-hearted, funny fable from Risky Business director Paul Brickman about staying together when all else is falling apart. Screen-debuting Chris O'Donnell (two years before his star making Scent of a Woman role) and Charlie Korsmo are the sons who unwittingly push Beth into one pitfall of single parenthood after another. Newcomers to Beth's world include an avant-garde composer (Arliss Howard), a flakier-than-cereal neighbor (Joan Cusack) and a boss (Kathy Bates) skilled in management by terror.
A single mother is trying to keep her family together after her husband dies unexpectedly. When they move to a big city, she must deal with romance and other modern inconveniences. But it is the eccentric "older woman" who takes a liking to her high-school-age son which ultimately helps them get their lives back on track.
After the accidental death of her husband, Beth Macauley moves her family to Baltimore in hopes of starting a new life. But she has a hard transition, as she attempts to deal with her demeaning job, her son's affair with an older nurse, and her own blossoming relationship with a cellist.
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The electrocution of crew member Patrick Dungan resulted in production being temporarily shut down.
David Bombyk, the Geffen Company president who helped develop this film, dies of AIDS before its release. The film was dedicated to him. Costume Designer J. Allen Highfill also died of AIDS before the film's release.
Filmed in Chicago, Illinois; and Baltimore, Maryland; color by CFI. Filming began July 26, 1988; completed September 17, 1988.
Released in North America February 2, 1990. Released on video July 18, 1990.
Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times February 2, 1990, and in Monthly Film Bulletin August 1990.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
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