Vital Signs (1990)

MARISA SILVER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1990.  , CBS Entertainment Production.  Story by , Screenplay by Larry Ketron, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students are gathered together for this shallow hospital drama.  is the son of the accomplished doctor who has to achieve everything his father did and more. He also falls for Diane Lane, who is busy having a relationship with an older student.  is the kid-who-made-good whose kindhearted wife () is busting her ass as a waitress to support him through school until he graduates. More characters abound, and what a shame they’re wasted by the meaningless script, because they’re all likable and each actor performs their role so very well. Then, director Marisa Silver has Pasdar and Lane have sex in a college basement with purple neon lights shining on their suspiciously perfect bodies; it goes from light, sensitive drama to mock porn (though at least Silver reverses stereotypes and has the good grace to exploit his body and not hers).  has a wonderful co-starring role, and  stars as their instructor, with the fabulous Norma Aleandro appearing as a patient whose wisdom teaches cocky Pasdar a thing or two about bedside manners.

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