Bright Lights, Big City

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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, Michael J. Fox, 1988. ©United Artists

Bright Lights, Big City isn’t a good movie. It’s naked Oscar bait that was designed to help Michael J. Fox break away from Family Ties. While surrounded by a mix of heavyweights from Kiefer Sutherland to Dianne Wiest, nothing works. Why? Well, because the film won’t make Fox’s character into a bad guy while showing him sink deeper into coke-fueled misery. Phoebe Cates is great with what she gets, but it’s never enough.

Michael J. Fox is a personal favorite and I’ve seen everything he’s ever done. However, there is a reason why this film always gets overlooked. No one wants to watch a story about a good enough guy that can’t stop snorting rails. Pick it up as prep for when 80s All Over eventually hits April 1988.

Bright, Lights Big City special features

 

  • Commentary with Author/Screenwriter Jay McInerney
  • Commentary with Cinematographer Gordon Willis
  • ‘Jay McInerney’s The Light Within’ featurette
  • ‘Big City Lights’ featurette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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