It's not a place...It's a state of mind
Summer, 1984: 30 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, this Texas town near Wichita Falls prepares for its centennial. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. His wife Karla drinks too much, his children are always in trouble, and he tom-cats around with the wives of friends. Jacy's back in town, after a mildly successful acting career, life in Italy, and the death of her son. Folks assume Duane and Jacy will resume their high school romance. And Sonny is "tired in his mind," causing worries for his safety. Can these friends find equilibrium in middle age?
Oh I don't know - these relationships felt weighted and freighted from what had gone on before now (The Last Picture Show) but still a great gap of not knowing how they came to this. With Jacy coming home all tragic and mysterious and her treachery in Last Picture Show unmentioned - it all seemed too easy, even uninteresting. I did like the Duane character, very sweet and loving, and his son just the same sweet nature and putting it about life-style was funny. I wanted to know more about lovely Sonny though, and his relationship with Cloris Leachman - A bit unsatisfactory.