The teen drama A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is directed by William Richert, who adapted the screenplay from his own semi-autobiographical novel Aren’t You Even Going to Kiss Me Goodbye? Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix) hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts (Matthew Perry), and sleeps with Fred’s snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter (Ione Skye). 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 (Meredith Salenger). On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother’s divorced friend, Joyce Fickett (Ann Magnuson), who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander (Jason Court) instead. Jimmy then crashes the family car and shares an intimate rapprochement with his father (Paul Koslo). — All Movie Guide
William Richert (born in 1942 in Florida) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known for his performance as Bob in the 1991 Gus van Sant film My Own Private Idaho.
At age 17, he hopped a bus to Hollywood. At the age of 19, he interviewed Richard Nixon’s daughters Tricia and Julie, as part of a planned documentary titled Presidents’ Daughters. He directed several other documentaries (including _Derby, and A Dancer’s Life) and the feature films Winter Kills, American Success Company, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Mask of Dumas.
Reardon was originally distributed by 20th Century Fox, and has since been re-cut and re-issued independently as Aren’t You Even Going To Kiss Me Goodbye?
Richert sued the Writers Guild of America over not being credited on the screenplay of the film The American President. Richert claimed… read more