The Last Time I Committed Suicide

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The Last Time I Committed Suicide ★★ 1996 (R)

Based on a Beat-era letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac and set in the late ‘40s, this insubstantial pic follows a 20-year-old Cassady (Jane) as he drifts into Denver's bars, and a friendship with poolhall regular Harry (Reeves), in order to escape dealing with girlfriend Joan's (Forlani) attempted suicide. Joan's eventual recovery leads Neal to consider settling down but he blows a job interview thanks to a drunken Harry and decides to take off instead. No background is provided on the characters so their actions are inexplicable although Jane offers some appeal. 93m/C VHS, DVD . Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Tom Bower, Adrien Brody, Claire Forlani, Marg Helgenberger, Gretchen Mol; D: Stephen Kay; W: Stephen Kay; C: Bobby Bukowski.