Time: 112 mins.
In this lovely ensemble piece, Demme truly captures the angst and resignation that affects most young people upon the realization that they actually do have to grow up. Hutton stars as Willie, a struggling musician who returns home to attend his 10-year high school reunion. His buddies played by Dillon, Rappaport, Emmerich, Perlich and Vince are pretty much living the same lives as when he left plowing snow and losing in love. Willie is the successful one, the only one supposedly living out his dreams. His presence breaks up the monotony of their fairly uneventful lives and gives them hope of better things. The only problem is that Willie knows he's living the same futureless existence, just hundreds of miles away. All seem content to live with past glory, rather than grasp at an unknown future where they may continue to degrade into further obscurity.
The women in their lives are saddled with the odious chore of waiting and hoping for them to accept their adulthood. Well, most of them anyway. Holly plays Darian, Tommy's (Dillon) high school sweetheart who married for money, but continues to get her rocks off with her old boyfriend. Tommy's firm grasp on the past is just fine with her. However, his lack of commitment and straying heart plagues his long-suffering girlfriend Sharon (Sorvino), who's getting way too old to stand for his indecision much longer. If he doesn't decide soon between his past and his future, she's going to make the choice for him. Paul (Rappaport) only wants Jan (Plimpton) when he can't have her, yet punishes her when she refuses to wait for him to settle down.
Willie loves Tracy (Gish), a smart, pretty, fun gal, yet is still waiting for something better to come along. Meeting the bright, charming, 13-year-old Marty (Portman) makes him think twice about his relationship. Despite each of them entertaining fantasies of a future together once Marty's out of high school their fast friendship instead makes Willie aware of how good he has it. Which doesn't stop him from making a pass at Andera (Thurman), a clearly gorgeous girl in town visiting her cousin.