#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) is an aspiring writer and yuppie living in New York City who seeks oblivion in cocaine and the glittery nightclub scene as his life falls apart (his wife leaves him, his mother dies, etc.). With his hard-partying friend Tad Allagash (Kiefer Sutherland) tagging along with him during their nights out, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to show up every day at his unfulfilling job as a fact checker for a literary Manhattan magazine.
Plot: A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.
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Actually Very Good
Despite the lukewarm reviews this film is always given, it is actually quite good. It may not fare on the same level as more gritty, powerful 80’s substance abuse films such as Less Than Zero or Clean And Sober but its very likeable. Yes, some of the scenes from the book don’t actually survive their journey to the screen but even these scenes are charming and enjoyable…in an awkward sort of way. For instance, the coma baby. Who doesn’t love the coma baby?!?! He’s great. And so is Michael J. Fox in what is arguably his best role. He makes Jamie the handsome, vulnerable guy who really “wouldn’t be at a place like this at this time of the morning.” I can’t say someone else couldn’t have done it better but Fox pulls it off without trying to sneek around any drama with jokes like a lot of comedy-gone-drama actors try to do. His drunken dialogue in front of Swoozie Kurtz over dinner at her apartment is a genuinely great piece of acting. Keifer Sutherland is there to play Allagash and nobody could play Allagash like Sutherland plays Allagash. And the dialogue is great due to McInerney’s wit and ear for the clever talk of the coked-up New York night people. I can’t say too much for the directing but the talent here, no matter how misled, is undeniable.
No pain, no gain.
I had only watched this film a couple months back, and I just had the urge to watch it again. You know what if I want to, I could watch it tonight with no hesitation. I don’t know why, but “Bright Lights, Big City” simply impressed me. Watching it the second time around, I picked up on a lot symbolic parallels running through the effectively told story on substance abuse / addiction. Not that they weren’t noticeable the first time, but on this occasion they simply clicked. Another thing was the staying power of Michael J. Fox’s outstanding central performance. He sells it, a multi-facet turn as a character truly lost under the alluring yuppie Manhattan nightlife scene of neon lights, drugs, alcohol and women. One day wasted after another, where it’s hard to distinguish the morphing days and what becomes a downward spiral into descent. And why this option to escape personal damage, because he can’t handle what’s in front of him. Double vodka and lines of coke. Yeah the character forgets his hurt for the time being, but the effect of this culture deadens him from reality and inspirations. This means the problems only boil over. He risks his job (although he doesn’t love it), family (who he has pushed away after his mother’s death of cancer) and importantly his own well-being. So I guess its not particularly a happy-shinny outing and it isn’t suppose to be, despite some periods played for laughs (namely the scenes with David Warrilow and a payback prank that gets out of hand involving a ferret), it remains powerfully confronting in its depiction.
Jamie Conway finds himself wasting his days in a banally demanding job, because as an aspiring fiction writer he’s completely stuck with writer’s block and to make matters worse his model wife (Phoebe Cates) left him to advance her career. No explanation why, just gone. And his mum had died of leukaemia, which still seems to haunt him. So in the dumps, he ends up going out every night with his pal Tad (Kiefer Sutherland) getting hammered to only wake-up to go through the same routine again, but the lifestyle begins to catch-up on him. Where he slowly begins to open up his eyes to what’s happening to his life, and its coming up to the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death.
There’s a sub-plot running through the narrative, where it has newspapers and TV news shows reporting on a coma baby, that the mother is having trouble giving birth to. This symbolic insert (where it does have one oddly surreal dream sequence) perceives the manner of how Fox’s character lives in a bubble (or coma), not wanting to face or hear about reality at first despite his troubled and bitter mindset and best efforts from those who “really” care for him (especially his scenes involving his brother — admirably performed by Charlie Schlatter). Also the charming Swoosie Kurtz, plays the character Megan which is Jamie’s co-worker who can be seen somewhat a surrogate mother figure for Jamie, especially the way she’s always picking up after him and calling him to make sure his awake so he’s not late at work. Because he’s skating on thin ice with the constant attention of the bosses (exemplary performances by Frances Sternhagen and John Houseman) — coming in late too often and numerous errors finding its way into his work due to a lack of commitment and drive. Eventually after the frustrating build up (losing job, ex-girlfriend back in town), she is the one that he spills his guts out too. Throughout we get peering flashbacks (namely in the mid-to-latter end) of Jamie talking to his bed-ridden mother (an engagingly vibrant Dianne Wiest), where we learn what’s happening to her and then she questions him about his life topics. These moments are movingly done, and when he starts thinking of them it becomes a shock to the system in simply facing the facts. Other than Kurtz’s character, the other genuine character to help him was Tad’s sister Vicky (warmly performed by Tracy Pollan). What Jamie saw in Vicky was someone who was down-to-earth, where he could naturally be around without the use of drugs to liven the occasion. Around her he felt normal, and there was sincerity to their interactions that he could trust and confide. He’s reborn (think of coma baby) after his coming to terms telephone conversation with Vicky and utters a memorable line to Tad. While around his yuppie friends (or bad companions); led by Tad (an excellently suave Keifer Sutherland). They didn’t really know each other or really took time out to do so. Whenever together it was a shallow illustration of senseless partying throughout long, lost nights. A fitting Phoebe Cates in what small scenes she does have looks great and creates an interestingly vain character that has you totally hook to why she left Jamie. His jealousy of her success really soars in some sequences. Throughout the whole experience you feel like you’re in his shoes or better in his head riding the lows.
Director James Bridges moodily stylish and slick handling neatly combines the hustle and bustle of the nightlife NY scene. Directionless at times, but efficient. Surrounding the air is an oozing, bluesy music score, which is perfect at expressing the running emotions. Tightly edited and it’s well written by Jay McKiernan (adapting his own novel) making good sense of the witty dilogues and character complexities, despite not entirely being clear with the motivations. Edgy location details were superbly brought across.
“Bright Lights, Big City” is a contemplative character drama with excellent performances grounding it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Director James Bridges
Writer Jay McInerney
Actors Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA (color), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 2,941 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm