Movies From the Hat V #1 – Gill’s Pick – Oxford Blues (1984)

This is my 2950th Review

Thanks to Gill of Reelweegiemidget for this recommendation.


“Look, I didn’t travel 10,000 miles to spend my first morning in England talking to some wiseass chick from Weehawken, New Jersey. ” – Nick

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable in the 80’s, 16 Jun 2011 and 14 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An American decides to travel to England in his pursuit of a young princess.

My Take on it – As a teen of the 80’s, Ive always had a soft spot for Brat Pack films and this is one of them that I recall seeing quite a lot on cable.

At the time, I didn’t quite understand movies the way I do now and my perspective is a bit different, yet clearer than it was 33 years ago.

This is a fun story but it doesn’t feel original enough for us to really care about the characters or their situations.  Like most Brat Pack films, its purpose is to highlight the talent and looks of the stars as rebellious youth and in that aspect, this film suceeds because both Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy sparkle in front of the camera.

The story itself is standard fare because its about a boy traveling to the ends of the Earth to meet the girl of his dreams, but like I stated earlier, there isn’t anything really unique about the plot here.

The added aspect of rowing allows for a bit more excitement and cheering, but it seems that it was tacked on to make the British seem more “stuffy” which is what was usually done in American Productions.

Overall, this is an average Brat Pack movie done according to their standards but doesn’t feel the need to give us much more than that.

Bottom Line – Nice Brat Pack film that doesn’t feel too original, but still does what it was meant to do; highlight Lowe and Sheedy.  The story is a standard boy chases girl across the globe fare and there really isn’t anything unique about this film.  The rowing gives the film a bit more excitement, but that’s what’s needed when Americans make a movie about Brits.  Enjoyed this much more back in the 80’s, but overall, it’s an average Brat Pack movie that does what’s expected and nothing more.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was a remake of a A Yank at Oxford (1938) and was made and released about forty-six years after that original film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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4 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat V #1 – Gill’s Pick – Oxford Blues (1984)

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