The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s Teen Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to email@example.com
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Todd!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Teen Films…..
Number of Times Seen – Twice (1 Sep 2001 and 3 Sep 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A star football player in a mining town in Pennsylvania dreams of getting a scholarship to a prestigious University in order to help make something of himself.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing 19 years ago yet besides the cast, I didn;t remember anything about it.
The story and situations that the characters get theselves into aong with the personality traits of everyone feel much too unorigianl and they seme to just be recycling old er ideas once again.
The lack of originality or uniqueness hurts things far too much here.
The cast of this film is extremely talented and we get to see tom Cruise, Lea Thompson and Craig T. Nelson here yet none of their characters are given enough to do or be developed in a sincere way and their performances are completely wasted here.
The characters and story aren’t sympathetic enough for the viewer to care about what will happen to any of them along the way and makes it even more difficult to watch as things unfold.
Given that this is a sports movie, I had hopes that even the games and practices shown would be interesting, but even those aspects of the film just don’t work well enough.
The film has two love scenes between Cruise and Thompson and they don’t manage to give us any real emotional feelings with all that transpires between them which makes it all feel very realistic which is quite a shame.
Bottom Line – Film that moves along by using all of the possible cliches of this kind of story and never feels unique in anything that it does. The great cast that includes Cruise, Thompson and Nelson is completely wasted by the constraints of the script. The story doesn’t allow us to feel much sympathy for the characters and that makes it even more of a chore to watch unfold. The football games and practices that they show aren’t thrilling enough which is quite a shame. Even the love scenes between Cruise and Thompson lack any realistic feeling and that hurts yet another aspect of this film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The director wanted Lea Thompson and Tom Cruise to go undercover to remember what high school was like. They went to separate schools, and while Cruise was spotted after just one day because someone recognized him from Taps (1981), Thompson went four days, was asked out by many guys and got caught smoking. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. This film is far too generic and nothing happens of interets throughout even with a great cast.
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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