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| | 1 hr 39 min | Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Forever Lulu is a story of a schizophrenic woman who reconnects with her college flame, Ben. When their passionate relationship ended sixteen years ago, Lulu became pregnant and gave their son up for adoption. While Lulu is now a resident at a home for the mentally ill, Ben has fallen into a life of routine and a marriage that's lost its spark.

Suddenly inspired to track down their son in time for his sixteenth birthday, Lulu breaks herself out of the institution and enlists Ben to take a cross-country trip in order to reconnect with the boy they never knew. Lulu is the quintessential free spirit, while Ben is her stiff and sensible counterpart. During their journey Ben is left to contemplate the life that could have been if they'd stayed together and the unhappiness he's felt in recent years. With her efforts of seduction, Ben finds himself falling in love with Lulu all over again.

Unfortunately, soon the reality of Lulu's mental health surfaces. Ben is forced to deal with fits of rage and suicide attempts. Beginning to understand the depth of her problems, Ben is conflicted and wonders if Lulu's reality is so distorted that they are on a trip to find a child that never existed.

Meanwhile, Ben's wife, Claire, decides to leave California as well and hops a flight to Wisconsin with the hopes of catching Lulu and Ben before her marriage is broken beyond repair. Claire also carries the tragedy of losing the son she had with Ben the previous year. Torn between giving Ben a second chance at having a son and losing her own husband, Claire is determined to see how things unfold between Ben, Lulu and their son in Wisconsin.

Forever Lulu explores the paths in life that are determined by love and love lost. This romantic comedy holds deeper issues of loving those with mental illnesses and the choice of adoption.

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Stars
Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Schiff, Annie Corley
Director
John Kaye
Language
English
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