Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0. USA, 1981. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, based on the novel by Scott Spencer. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Pamela Abdy, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Scott Stuber. Music by Christophe Beck. Production Design by Clay A. Griffith. Costume Design by Stacey Battat. Film Editing by Maryann Brandon. Academy Awards 1981. Golden Globe Awards 1981.
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.