Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) (1990)



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Movie Info

Tune in Tomorrow is based on Mario Vargas Llosa's novel, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. In New Orleans, circa 1951, a news writer for a local radio station, Martin Loader (Keanu Reeves), meets and falls in love with his aunt Julia (Barbara Hershey), a divorced woman who is looking for a new husband. Meanwhile, new-in-town eccentric radio-soap-opera writer, Pedro Carmichael (Peter Falk) has been hired to help boost the station's bad ratings. Pedro begins manipulating Martin and Julia's affair and using it as the basis for his radio show. Director Jon Amiel uses the same story-within-a-story construction from The Singing Detective, the miniseries that he directed for British television. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


Peter Falk
as Pedro Carmichael
Keanu Reeves
as Martin Loader
Barbara Hershey
as Aunt Julia
Peter Gallagher
as Richard Quince
Dan Hedaya
as Robert Quince
Buck Henry
as Fr. Serafim
Hope Lange
as Margaret Quince
John Larroquette
as Dr. Albert Quince
Elizabeth McGovern
as Elena Quince
Robert Sedgwick
as Elmore Dubuque
Henry Gibson
as Big John Coot
Richard B. Shull
as Leonard Pando
Richard Portnow
as Uncle Luke
Joel Fabiani
as Ted Orson
Paul Austin
as Donald Loader
Crystal Field
as Josephine Sanders
Jayne Haynes
as Aunt Hortensia
Mary Joy
as Frances Loader
Anna Levine
as Faith Hope
Peter Maloney
as Luther Aslinger
Irving Metzman
as Producer Detroit Radio
Bill Moor
as Duke Vermont
Jon Van Ness
as BrentMarconnochie
Jack Harvey
as Fireman
Danny Aiello III
as Large Albanian Man #2
Paul Burke
as Albanian Protester
Mert Hatfield
as WXBU Engineer
Shirley Horn
as Jazz Singer
Howard Kingkade
as News Man Detroit
Adam LeFevre
as Large Albanian Man
Ray McKinnon
as Cub Reporter
Jack Wallace
as Policeman
Aaron Neville
as Neville Brother
Marcus Roberts
as The Wynton Marsalis Band
Michael White (I)
as The Wynton Marsalis Band
Todd Williams
as The Wynton Marsalis Band
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Critic Reviews for Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The film begins in a giddy, enjoyable tribute to its own ingenuity, which by its ending has worn thin.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

The movie spends too much time with the Aunt and not enough with the Scriptwriter.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Sometimes we laugh easily, sometimes uncertainly, and sometimes we just look at the screen and wonder why anyone thought that was funny.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A tri-layered tale of love, creative impulses and dial-spinning, it comes and it goes, evocative and a little bit magical, flawed but forgivably so.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Hershey captures her character's brazen insecurity well. And Mr. Reeves... is absolutely charming and surprisingly effective in the role of the innocent, romantic young Martin.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Can't avoid but tuning out of this one!

September 26, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)


I used to be a shameful drooling Keanu Reeves fan, I can't believe I've never heard of this one! July 31st, MMXII: Aaaand there's a good reason for that. This movie tries too damn hard and just doesn't have what it takes. It's not funny. At best it's droll, but you can pick out the spots where you're supposed to laugh and just don't. I can think of only one gag that I found amusing. I spent most of the running time of this movie looking at my watch. Every character that was supposed to be endearing was wooden at best and irritating at worst. Peter Falk was the worst offender. I watched this movie all the way to the end before I realized that I had sat through this piece of crap once before. I just wish I had learned the first time.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

This was surprisingly irrevrent and fun - not to mention hilarious. It's an interesting story with some great one-liners and just an overall fun atmosphere. It also has a sensational cast with Peter Falk, Hope Lange, Peter Gallagher, Elizabeth McGovern and Patricia Clarkson, all with great supporting parts. However, the only glaring flaw of the cast is actually its two leads: Keanu Reeves and Barbara Hershey. Keanu just feels like he doesn't belong in this movie and barely squeeks by with a lackluster performance while Barbara just doesn't seem all that into it. If these two parts had been cast with more appropriate actors, this could have been a real classic. I do think it's a sort of classic as is, but there's room for improvement. Overall, it's definitely enjoyable and should give you a few laughs.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Strange little comedy with Reeves falling, understandly, for aunt Hershey, only to find that manic, Albanian-hating, scriptwriter Falk is using their romance in his soap-operas.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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