Release dateMarch 12, 1993 WriterMatthew Irmas (story), Ann Wycoff (story), Ann Wycoff (screenplay) GenresDrama, Comedy, Indie film, Coming-of-age story CastRae Dawn Chong (M.J.), Sandra Bullock (Amanda), Kris Kamm (Banks) Similar moviesFoxfire (1955), The Delicate Art of the Rifle (1996), New Years Day (1988), 10 Items or Less (2006), Desert Blue (1998)
When the party s over
When the Party's Over is a 1993 film starring Sandra Bullock. The film was directed by Matthew Irmas and was first released on March 12, 1993.
Frankie (Elizabeth Berridge), Amanda (Sandra Bullock), MJ (Rae Dawn Chong, and Banks (Kris Kamm) are housemates, who are fresh out of college.
Frankie is a social worker, who is dating Taylor, a lawyer (Brian McNamara).
Amanda, an artist, meets and falls in love with Alexander Midnight, a performance artist (Fisher Stevens). She is also trying to guide her younger brother, Willie (Michael Landes), with wisdom, patience, and compassion, after the death of their mother.
The third roommate, MJ, is a stockbroker, who is actually very promiscuous and has a pension for drinking. She even sleeps with Taylor, thus betraying Frankie.
The final housemate, Banks, is an actor who is gay, and who is also best friends with Amanda.
In short, this movie touches on a group of twentysomethings in California, circa the early 1990s, highlighting the social issues of that time period, like teenage drinking, homosexuality, rape, infidelity, and problems with trust, amongst many other themes.
Sandra Bullock as Amanda
Rae Dawn Chong as M.J.
Kris Kamm as Banks
Fisher Stevens as Alexander
Elizabeth Berridge as Frankie
Brian McNamara as Taylor
Paul Johansson as Henry
Michael Landes as Willie
Raymond Cruz as Mario
Critical reception for When the Party's Over was mostly positive, and Allmovie rated the film at three stars. The Los Angeles Times was more positive, writing that it "transcends the conventional plot and brings the characters alive in this engaging tale of struggling housemates."