Promised Land (1987)

“All I have to do is tell you not to do something and you do it.” – Mary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Three high school friends look back on their lives after two years have passed and wonder if they managed to do all they could in those intervening years.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve been interested in seeing for a while due to the great cast that includes Meg Ryan, Jason Gedric, Tracy Pollen and Kiefer Sutherland.

Due to my attempt to try and watch more films featuring Ryan, I decided to give it a try.

The film moves a bit too slowly and doesn’t manage to develop these characters enough despite having an intriguing premise.

They never allow the audience to get close enough to these characters which hurts things far too much.

The idea of having young adults looking back on their lives a few years after finishing high school isn’t a new concept and there are other films that have done a more powerful job showing how impactful it can be.

This film moves in a destructive direction form the start and that weighs the story down too much which is unfortunate because of the vast potential that they had here.

they have some great actors who were just at the beginning of their careers and aren’t able to make any of these characters more tangible or impactful for the audience which is a shame because they could have done so much more with this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Referenced in Lawrence Kasdan’s Dreamcatcher (2003). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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