A first feature film for producer Lorne Michaels and writer-director Tom Schiller, Forever is a filmed in black & white (with brief color sequences) mishmash of film styles of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, with old newsreel clips, some from old films, plenty of panoramas and aerials of New York City and surely one of the oddest love stories extant. A comedy (perhaps) with few laughs: the love story (and problems) of Adam Beckett, well-played by Zach Galligan, is the only unifying cord evident.
Beckett wants to be an artist in some future New York City that is ruled by the Port Authority, an institution that calls everyone to work, tells them when to stop, and regulates the influx of artists. Beckett doesn’t pass the test, and is given a job regulating traffic in the Holland Tunnel. His boss is Buck Heller (Dan Aykroyd).
Along the way young Beckett has a brief love affair with artsy Mara Hofmeier (Apollonia van Ravenstein), is led underground to the real New York by Hugo (Paul Rogers), where Sam Jaffe as Father Knickerbocker rules.
Beckett inadvertently gets on a bus that turns out to be a Lunar cruiser, taking shoppers to the moon, and hears Eddie Fisher sing ‘Oh! My Papa’ in the Galaxy Lounge, while under the scrutiny of steward-cruise director Bill Murray. In some manner, Beckett is transported back to earth and to a successful concert as a pianist at Carnegie Hall. He is then united with his true love, Ely (Lauren Tom), who also got back from the moon.
Appearances of Aykroyd, Mort Sahl (with no jokes), as a properly avuncular uncle, and Imogene Coca are cameos, as are those of Anita Ellis and the late Sam Jaffe. Murray has a bit more to do as the laidback cruise director.