LUCAS (1986) 

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Corey Haim
Kerri Green
Charlie Sheen
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Winona Ryder
Tom Hodges
Guy Boyd
Jeremy Piven

David Seltzer



Time: 104 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance/Drama/High School

SYNOPSIS: A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends – Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love – fall for each other.

BOTTOM LINE: This is one of those films that I loved as a teenager, mainly because I had a huge crush on Charlie Sheen and wanted to be Kerri Green. At least in this movie. What distinguishes LUCAS from the wide range of teen angst garbage are the honest, poignant portrayals by Haim and Green. Long before he became a junior member of the Brat Pack, Corey Haim proved himself as a heartfelt young actor. Here he plays the insect-enamored nerd Lucas, who befriends the new girl in town played by Green. They form a genuine friendship over the summer that becomes sorely tested when high school begins and Green starts to make other friends – ones who don't understand or love the unique qualities of Lucas. She also falls in love with the school quarterback played by Sheen, who, despite having the most beautiful girlfriend in school, begins to reciprocate her feelings. I really hated Thorne-Smith growing up because she was everything I was not and in this film she's so shallow and annoying she made my dislike seem appropriate.

Though some scenes are severely hokey, this films really gets inside the raw emotion and frustration most of us felt during those years. Green is the perfect girl-next-door – sweet, shy, smart and pretty. A girl who cares more for what's underneath the skin, though can't seem to resist Sheen's hardbody. Can't blame her there. The film captures the longing, rejection, loneliness, awkwardness and pain of high school without making it seem silly or over-the-top. We all just want to be loved and accepted for who we are... and Lucas is no exception. His heartbreak hits home because most of us had moments just like him growing up. It's too bad Haim and Sheen didn't keep up the good work over the following years that they showed here. Ryder has a minor role, but makes her presence known in a significantly touching turn. If you think high school was the best time of your life, this is a film you should see. You'll reconsider.

"If you're so depressed, how come you're eating pizza?"

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