(out of 5)
Enjoyable, emotionally involving tale of a young man (Matthew Modine) and his desire to make it somewhere in life through wrestling. When his father offers up a room to a new tenant (Linda Fiorentino), the two of them hit it off and she teaches him a thing or two about life. The older woman-younger man setup could have been the basis for something tacky or lewd, but director Harold Becker gets a lot of good, tender material from the relationship and it resonates throughout the character’s other experiences. Probably the most notable aspect of the film is the brief appearance of pop queen Madonna playing (what else?) a singer at a club (it’s her first major film appearance). She belts out her evergreen hit ‘Crazy For You’ while the two protagonists work through their impossible affair. Michael Schoeffling gives a strong performance in a supporting role as Modine’s identity-challenged best friend.
Directed by Harold Becker
Cinematography by Owen Roizman
Music by Tangerine Dream
Production Design by Bill Malley
Costume Design by Susan Becker
Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe