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David Seltzer makes his directorial debut with this quirky teen comedy. Lucas (Corey Haim) is a normal 14-year-old who is struggling with hormones, girls and popularity. There is, however, an added hurdle: having been accelerated to a higher grade, Lucas is unusually young and small for his year. This doesn't affect his emotions, however, and he soon falls head over heels for a pretty girl called Maggie (Kerri Green). But the course of true love never runs smooth, and Maggie's affection for Lucas is overshadowed by her attraction for football hero Cappie (Charlie Sheen). In the face of this massive adversity Lucas grows desperate, and decides to risk everything by playing in the big football game of the season... Winona Ryder co-stars in her feature debut as Rina, a classmate who has a crush on Lucas.
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Haim plays Lucas, a highly intelligent and eccentric 14-year old, who befriends and quickly falls in love with Maggie (Kerri Green). She is new in town and has not met anyone from the area except for Lucas, who is slightly younger than she is. High school is still out and they spend the summer together, Lucas introducing her to his weird hobbies and explaining to her how most people are superficial. They become very close, but Lucas keeps two things from her: he comes from a poor home (he tells Maggie that the big house where he does gardening is where he lives); he also doesn't admit his true feelings for her. Things change and become very complicated when it is time to go back to school.
Maggie falls in love with Cappie (Charlie Sheen), who is the same age as her and captain of the high school football team, but he already has a girlfriend, Alise (Courtney Thorne-Smith), a cheerleader. Lucas is still in love with Maggie and it doesn't go down well when she joins the (superficial) cheerleading squad to get close to Cappie. Lucas is also bullied by most of the guys on the football team - except Cappie, who feels sorry for him and looks after him - because of his short stature, limited social skills, and eccentricities. Then there is Rina (Winona Ryder), the same age as Lucas, equally unconventional, plays in the school band with him, and has a crush on him.
There is enough here to ensure a great story with lots of laughs and drama. Haim plays the character of Lucas without fault and his performance is testament to his true acting ability that was seldom given a chance after The Lost Boys. It is hard to pin Lucas down to a specific genre, because there is so much going on throughout. It is a very sad film in parts, sometimes very funny; the correct genre terminology in literature for such a story is tragicomedy, the juxtaposition of the tragic and the comic. That is Lucas, the film and the boy. For a teen film there is a lot of depth to the characters and the story and, although not a box office hit, the film deservedly garnered very positive reviews.
Haim's co-stars, Green and Sheen, would later star together in Three for the Road (1987).
the only negative thing i can say about the dvd is no bonus features..although im not sure how well it was recieved on its initial release so there may be no supplemental material avaliable.
for its price on amazon its definatly worth it...especially if you love the 80's and feel good films.
Peolpe who likes drama should buy/see this, also it might take you back to school, remembering how it was falling in love, maybe being a bit different etc.
I think everyone should see this movie :)
RIP Corey Haim
Lucas still believes he has a shot with Maggie even though she only thinks of him as a friend and is devastated when Cappy and Maggie end up going out together. This prompts Lucas to try and impress Maggie by attempting to join the football team despite the fact he's half the size of the other foorballers and makes a gigantic idiot of himself in the process. Lucas is also pursued by fellow band geek played by Winona Ryder who seems to have a crush on Lucas...
I remember this film being a lot better than it actually is when I was younger. It's all a biy flimsy and the story line is silly but it's one of those sort of 80's films that you remember fondly only for the fact that it is one of Corey Haim's first and he went on to be a huge 80's teen star.
You may wonder why I've given it three stars? Well it was going to have two, but any film that manages to incorporate the slow hand clap deserves an extra star. By the way there are no extras on this DVD, but there very rarely are with these sort of films.