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Gallery video artist Michelle O'Marah deconstructs the 1983 teen romance of the same title, which was directed by Martha Coolidge. This oddity has none of the original's charm, yet it manages to comment on Hollywood film culture through its very clunkiness. The nonprofessional actors are too old to play teenagers, which only raises the question of why audiences readily accept the same disparity in mainstream movies. The poor lighting and tacky rear-screen projection call attention to film artifice, which in turn highlights the creakiness of high-school-movie conventions. Still, it's all a little too arch, and so very meta. 112 min.

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