I saw this film in health class during the depression unit. I really don't know why I'm reviewing it, but I'll say it's a heavy movie that deals with the aftermath of teen suicide. Suicide is never an easy topic to talk about with your family or friends, and hopefully, you'll never have to experiance it. I still haven't experianced one in my life yet, but I hope that I never have too. Anyway, back to the film.
Skip (Michael), the film's victim, is having a hard time. His SAT grades were low, he feels negelected by his peers, and he was shut down by his dreamgirl. So, one night, he couldn't take it anymore, and he drove his car off a steep cliff. The film then delves into the aftermath of his parents, his sister, and his best friend.
The acting isn't perfect, but it's powerful enough to truly get a message across to it's viewers. The ending scene, with his mother standing on the cliff's edge telling the viewers that "It's better to live" is truly affecting, and left half the class in or on the breaking point of tears.
If you need a movie to talk to your kids or family to about the topic of suicide and see how it affects the victim's family and friends, this is the film to get. Even for an old 80's film, It's heavy, powerful and truly gets a message across to it's viewer.