St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

JOEL SCHUMACHER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi IV Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Schumacher, . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

If you fall for this idiotic ensemble drama, you’ll be under the impression that the age of twenty-one is the point where all of life’s important dramas happen, and after that it’s just one long boring stretch until death. That seems to be the case for the bunch of vapid, materialistic losers that this incredibly inane movie centres around.  graduates into the world of finance and overextends herself so much that she ends up with an empty apartment and attempts suicide by leaving her windows open and rocking back and forth in the cold (it has to be seen).  is a player who marries one girl while dating others, constantly toying with Mare Winningham‘s affections; Winningham thinks she isn’t pretty enough for anybody, but she’d know better if she stopped wearing angora sweaters and big glasses.  is in love with his best friend ‘s girlfriend (), and his telling her this proves to be devastating, while pal  falls in love with an older medical student () during his work as a hospital intern. Then there are the ridiculous supporting characters, including Moore’s gay neighbour who always appears with a freshly-made cocktail in his hand whenever one knocks on his door. Watching these hilariously unimportant people is strangely entertaining, but you’ll definitely hate yourself in the morning.

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