Old Boyfriends: Joan Tewksbury’s Directing Debut, Starring Talia Shire and John Belushi

Screenwriter Joan Tewksbury, who penned the wonderful Altman movie, “Nashville,” made her directorial debut with this sharply uneven comedy-drama, which is well acted but lacks a distinct vision or POV.

Diane Cruise (Talia Shire), a psychologist going through a severe depression, takes a look at her own life after attempting to commit suicide. Diane decides to pay a visit to her former boyfriends in order to get in touch with her past and understand her presence better.

She meets up with her high school sweetheart Eric Katz (John Belushi), and gets even with him in revenge over a past humiliation. She also finds Jeff Turrin (Richard Jordan), her college lover who now works as a filmmaker. Then she discovers that the first boy she fell in love with has died, then drifts into unexpected romance with his older brother, Wayne Van Til (Keith Carradine).

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