Since You've Been Gone (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Reunion Films  |   Release Date - Apr 18, 1998 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard

A disparate posse of friends reconvenes in a suburb of Chicago for a high-school reunion in this ensemble comedy. Ten years after getting beaten up on graduation day by a classmate (Tom Hodges), Dr. Kevin MacEldowney (Philip Rayburn Smith) dreads his class reunion. On hand to bolster his sense of self-worth are wife Mollie (Joy Gregory) and best friend Zane Levy (Joey Slotnick). Zane has problems of his own: he wrote a hit song but watched another artist take a tarted-up version of it to the top of the charts. As the reunion progresses, he gets to hear it sung by any number of fellow alumni, from Euro-poseur Maria Goldstein (Teri Hatcher) and self-help guru Holly Petuto (Heidi Stillman) to psycho joker Grace Williams (Lara Flynn Boyle) and smug class president Robert S. Levitt (David Schwimmer). As these and other characters reconnect after a decade, they experience a familiar series of liaisons, revelations, and conflicts -- but rarely in a very straightforward manner. Originally filmed for television, Since You've Been Gone was directed by David Schwimmer, whose Friends castmate Lisa Kudrow starred in the similarly conceived Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Rachel Griffiths, Molly Ringwald, Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Springer, and Marisa Tomei all contribute brief comedic cameos.



class-reunion, doctor, high-school, liaison, songwriter