Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1995. Universal Pictures, Island World. Screenplay by Robert Kuhn. Cinematography by Andrew Dintenfass. Produced by Mark Burg, Eric Eisner. Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Armin Ganz. Costume Design by Louise Frogley. Film Editing by Anthony Sherin.
Uncomfortable cross between cute family movie and powerful grown-up drama is at times quite touching. Brad Renfro 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 (Joseph Mazzello) 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. Annabella Sciorra 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.