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Rated R · 95 minutes · 1983

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.
Director: Martha Coolidge
Writer: Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane
Producer: Thomas Coleman, Michael Rosenblatt and Wayne Crawford
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Frederic Forrest, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen, Cameron Dye, Michelle Meyrink, Heidi Holicker, Tina Theberge, Lee Purcell, Colleen Camp and Richard Sanders

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