“I’m just a kid, and I don’t know what I’m doing sometimes. But I think you should know better when you’re all grown up.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Barrymore’s role is actually somewhat peripheral, given that our primary focus is on the rise-and-fall of two aspiring artists who initially work well together:
then descend into farcical ineptitude as their own desires (O’Neal’s lust for Stone, Long’s longing for revenge) replace any sense of moral obligation or concern as parents.
Interestingly, this is foreshadowed during the first party Long and O’Neal attend upon arriving in Hollywood, when a guest informs Long that she’s a parent but “isn’t that into parenting” at the moment.
Because this couple can’t move beyond their petty selfishness to recognize the harm they’re causing their loved ones, they lose everything they value. I wish Barrymore had even more screen time, since she’s infinitely more sympathetic than either O’Neal or Long — but the adult stars do well in their roles, and are suitably convincing.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: