Permanent Record (1988)


“[singing] Life goes on as sure as the sky. It’s come and gone in the wink of an eye. You leave your home on the wings of a lie… You will never die.” – Lauren

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After a popular senior in high school mysteriously dies, his friends and family try and cope with the sudden and unexpected loss.

My Take on it – This is a little known film that deals quite well with teen issues and how they deal with life’s pressures and also with unexpected surprises in life.

In some ways, this film feels like an “after-school special” that were quite prevalent in the 80’s, but it also knows how to deal withe these issues in a more layered fashion that helps make it more interesting and also more unique.

Surprisingly, the cast here does a great job despite the fact that none of them were really well known at the time.

Keanu Reeves plays a pivotal role here, but this was before he came to be known to the world.

I really liked the fact that unlike most 80’s teen films, they don’t make the adults ‘the enemy’ and keep them quite sympathetic to the problems of the teens in the story.

Bottom Line – Deals with teen issues in a nice way that sorta feels like an ‘after-school special’ but also adds layers that make it seem more unique.  Cast is quite competent despite none of the teens being very well known at the time.  The adults are quite sympathetic here and don’t feel like ‘the enemy’ as with most teen 80’s films.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shot all around the state of Oregon (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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