Bright Lights, Big City (1988) - Drama

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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.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: James Bridges
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 42 found boring (21.42%)

One-line Reviews (20)

The movie definitely has the essential qualities for a good film with it's intelligent script, compelling drama, sober realism and superb acting.

Worst Movie Ever .

BLBC is an engrossing, if intriguing drama about young 80's New Yorkers, and the drug and disco scene, and we can't forget the coma baby.

You guys have got to be kidding---this is one of the worst movies ever made, for one simple reason: not only does Michael J.

Despite my holding interest, boring would be a word to accurately describe the movie.

Don't waste your time rent Back to the Future and enjoy a movie where Fox is entertaining not a depressed coke head.

A pretentious novel as starting place doesn't help.

But other than that, the film was fairly boring.

I fully expected the old cliché, you know the one: an old friend of the protagonist grabs them by the ears and thrusts their face at the mirror: "Look at yourself!

No story.

BTW there is another film w/William Hurt called "Accidental Tourist" that has the exact same problem: no one cares about anything except the self-absorbed character, who is boring beyond belief.

The disjointed feel, repetitive flashbacks, and haunted tone of his actions show the viewer that this is a man who seriously needs help to get out of the hell his life has become.

The story reminded me in many ways of The Catcher In The Rye -- only that TCITR a good, captivating book, while BRBC is a boring film.

While some of the scenes now seem contrived, at least the disco scenes are kept to a minimum, and the story is an interesting character study of a young graduate floundering in NY.

Lets just say when I left the theater my thought was "There is 2 hours of my life I will never get back".

Still, an enjoyable time capsule.

When will people realise that an exact adaptation will usually result in a boring and overly long film?.

Tedious and radically un-involving.

This is a decent film, it was just sort of boring.

Ignore the parts that try to be funny and you will find this movie much more enjoyable.