(out of 5)
This is quite simply one of the most painful movies ever made. I don’t mean that the emotions are so strong that they make it hard to bear the lovers’ anguish, I mean that the film is so terrible that I have a physical reaction while watching it. Brooke Shields plays a really stupid teenager who falls in love with a dreamy, older hunk (Martin Hewitt). Her parents are mostly okay with it until he gets REALLY attached and starts hanging around too much and gets obsessive about her every move and then they need to move away to be safe from him. We’re supposed to think he’s misunderstood and not evil, but the audience is really left feeling like he’s just stupid. Shirley Knight is a bit of a saving grace as Shields’s mother, but even she eventually disappoints (after all, she agreed to star in the damn thing, didn’t she?) It’s so awful it’s not even worth being called awful. If you like Lionel Ritchie’s pretty theme song, make sure you avoid letting the movie ruin it for you. Notable for being Tom Cruise‘s first major appearance in a motion picture.
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Cinematography by David Watkin
Music by Christophe Beck
Production Design by Clay A. Griffith
Costume Design by Stacey Battat
Film Editing by Maryann Brandon