Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 1987. Twentieth Century Fox, Amercent Films, American Entertainment Partners L.P.. Screenplay by Harley Peyton, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Barbara Ling. Costume Design by Richard Hornung. Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Tronick.
Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment. Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend Jami Gertz is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as the new man in her life has developed a vicious cocaine habit that makes her worry very much about his safety. The film might be pretending to possess some kind of message, but it enjoys exploiting the glitzy life of depravity too much while it is looking to save its characters from it, and adds the extra pleasure of casting James Spader as the kind of sexy, soulless vampire he was playing throughout this entire decade.