Starring: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher.
I had high expectations of this film before I even saw it, and my expectations were met, and more.
The film starts of with seven friends – Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy who have all recently graduated from college, are trying to aspire their way through their lives and relationships in the big, bad world. For starters, Alec (Judd Nelson) – is a young, yuppie Democrat, who is pursuing a career in politics. He is in a relationship with Leslie, an aspiring young architect, whom he desperately wants to marry. Leslie (Ally Sheedy), on the other hand, loves Alec, but wants her career to take off before she settles down to marriage and having children, so she repeatedly turns him down. This causes Alec to have affairs with numerous women, notably one who works in a lingerie store, and repeatedly stating “I’ll say no when Leslie says yes.” Billy (Rob Lowe), the slacker of the group, who is a very talented saxophone player, but is unable to hold down a job, especially the ones that Alec gets for him. He has a wife and a baby, but at the start of the movie he is reluctant to have anything to do with them. You can tell straight away that he misses his times at college. Kirby (Emilio Estevez) – a waiter at St. Elmo’s Bar where they all hang out, has hopes of becoming a lawyer and lives with Kevin. He develops an unhealthy obssesion with a woman who he went to college with, after meeting her again at a hospital and he’s willing to do anything he can to impress her and win her over. Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), the writer and free-thinker of the group, secretly loves Leslie, but doesn’t do anything about it due to his close relationship to Alec. (which causes speculation among his friends to whether he’s gay or not) Things change though when Alec and Leslie have a big fight at a party. Jules (Demi Moore) – the out of control party animal, who lives in an extravagant apartment and tries to fund a cocaine habit at the same time. She may love to party, but she’s looking for the love she didn’t experience growing up in her family. She frequently talks about her stepmother (“stepmonster” as she calls her) being in a coma and how she is going to pay for her funeral with the lack of money she is receiving. Lastly, Wendy (Mare Winningham) , the shy, innocent girl from a wealthy family, who wants to break away from her family’s overprotectiveness and live her own life. She is in love with Billy, even though she knows her family would never consider him good for her. A coming-of-age film at it’s very best.
This film delivers a perfect cast (the Brat Pack), and a brilliant script and a very listenable soundtrack. The characters are portrayed extremely well by the actors, and it really demonstrates the worries, the hardships and the downfalls of life after school. But it also shows the good things about growing up as well.
Everyone can at least relate themselves to one, if not all of the main characters in the movie, due to it’s realistic take on post-college life.
I give this film 4 stars out of 5. The film was a hit with me, yet it lacked a little something that could’ve made this film a 5 out of 5 picture. And if you’re not a big fan of the coming-of-age films of the 80s, then you’ll probably not find it as enjoyable as I did.
Overall Status: If you love 80s movies, starring the Brat Pack, then you’ll love it.