Lulu’s the word for “Forever Lulu,” a straight-to-vidbin stiff about a female schizo who dragoons a former b.f. into a cross-country odyssey to meet their (unseen) son. Produced by topliner Melanie Griffith’s company, Green Moon, and directed by longtime scripter John Kaye (“American Hot Wax”), this wannabe romantic comedy is chock full of phony sentiment.
Griffith plays Lulu, a seriously dysfunctional ditz who checks out of a mental institution and tracks down Ben (Patrick Swayze) who dumped her 17 years ago to pursue screenwriting. Claiming she gave birth to a baby that was subsequently adopted, Lulu persuades Ben to drive with her from L.A. to Wisconsin to visit their child. Meanwhile, Ben’s wife, Claire (Penelope Ann Miller), takes a plane to head them off at the pass. The full-on Griffith and mostly baffled-looking Swayze develop minimal chemistry about an hour in, and Miller is occasionally entertaining as a nervy therapist, but the final reels sink in a morass of self-confession and tearful cuddling to Serge Colbert’s saccharine score. Michael J. Pollard pops up in a bizarre cameo as a white-haired hobo.