The Cure (1995)

PETER HORTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1995.  Universal PicturesIsland World.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Uncomfortable cross between cute family movie and powerful grown-up drama is at times quite touching.   plays a lonely adolescent who is subject to the prejudices of his small town’s residents because he lives next door to a young boy () suffering from AIDS. The two become friends, and eventually embark on a naive quest to cure Mazzello when they read in a tabloid magazine that a southern doctor has found the cure for the terrible virus.   is marvelous as Mazzello’s kind hearted mother, plus there’s great work from Diana Scarwid as Renfro’s neglectful parent. The boys are the centrepiece of the story, though, and they are both exemplary performers in what is not an excellent film, but one with more than a few things to offer.

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