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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – 1 (24 Sep 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager is sent to a harsh reform school after he accidentally kills the brother of a rival gang leader.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had heard of yet new nothing about besides the fact that it starred Sean Penn.
This movie really surpassed my average expectations for it because it was so gripping and enjoyable to watch due to the powerful nature of the story itself.
This film sheds so much light on the way that reform schools were run at the time while also giving us an intimate look at the kids that end up there.
The entire cast is quite strong here but Penn really stands out in the lead role and despite some of the things he does, we can easily care about him because he is developed so well.
The supporting cats is stellar with Reni Santori, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Alley Sheedy and a very young Clancy Brown in roles that are truly brought to life by their performances.
Loved seeing Alan Ruck in a very small part.
This film’s plot is able to show us the very complex kind of life of these kind of kids who even when they are in an environment that is trying to rehabilitate them, they must deals with many ups and downs that come their way.
The inner conflicts of these characters are also shown and we get to learn about their hopes and potential dreams even though they are currently in a place where they feel they are being held back from reaching their true potential in life.
Bottom Line – Such a powerful film that really sheds so much light on how reform schools are run and the kinds of kids that are put there. The entire cast is superb but Penn truly stands out in the lead role. Santoni, Moody, Gurry, Morales, Sheedy and Brown all bring so much life into these characters. The story is able to show us the complex lives of teens and even when they are in a rehabilitation environment, things don’t always go so smoothly. The story is able to show the inner conflicts of these characters and we get to see some of their hopes and dreams despite being in confinement. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To play youth thug Mick O’Brien, actor Sean Penn wanted to have his perfect teeth filed down and capped with ugly tops and have “maybe a few cracked ones” but Penn’s mother, a dentist’s daughter, intervened, ruling that “ruining perfectly good teeth is definitely going too far!”. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely! Such an amazing depiction of a teen reform school especially since it tries to make us understand why these teens act as they do.
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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