I first saw this movie when I was probably 10 or 11 years old. It has remained with me forever and I LOVE it! Once in a while I will think about this movie and wish I could watch it again but for the life of me I could not remember the name. The other day while looking up another film I came across Virginia Madsen and low and behold I found this movie. Having a slight recollection I decided to watch it on Amazon Prime and was ecstatic to find out it was the movie from all those years ago. Since finding it again I've literally been binge watching it over and over.
Having grown up in the 80s I have a definite appreciation for the cheesy music and movies of that era. However, I truly don't place this move in the "cheesy" category simply because IT'S NOT. It is a beautiful love story between an unlikely pair of individuals. Sure, the "good" girl falling for the "bad" boy is not an original concept but these two have such amazing chemistry that you can overlook this flaw. Joe Fisk's character played by Craig Sheffer is really not a bad kid per se just slightly misunderstood who obviously came from a less than stellar upbringing. His Mom says she's going to marry her boyfriend who treats her poorly and this angers Joe. This being the reason he drove the car into a shop window hence the reason he's in prison camp. Lisa's character, played by Victoria Madsen, is a Catholic school girl who is deprived of love by uninvolved parents. The two have a chance encounter and even with a slight glance you can feel the immediate chemistry between these two. Then they have another chance encounter at the local theater where they again steal glances. But that's not enough so Lisa devices a way to meet Joe by organizing a school dance with the prison camp juveniles. As one would expect, the two meet at the dance and boy do sparks fly. The dance scene is mesmerizing and Madsen and Sheffer give a fantastic performance full of immense chemistry visible simply by the way they look at each other. It really has you believe they are falling in love with each other and would do anything to be together. It really is a great teen love story. I absolutely recommend you give it a chance.
While I love the ending I kind of wish it had been longer or had a sequel only to find out what happens to these two lovers. I know it's a movie and one shouldn't look to deeply, especially with a movie from the 80s, but I can never be fully satisfied because I'm left thinking of the practicality of their situation. Like what happens when they realize they now have nowhere to live, have no education or money etc. It's a nice thought but you can't live on love alone.
Aside from that it's still a great movie and absolutely one of my favorites! It's a surprise Madsen and Sheffer never went on to major stardom because I do think they had the makings for it. I'm guessing they fell victim to poor role choices and being popular in that strange time frame of late 80s early 90s which provided a lot of bad movies. In any case, I really like the both of these actors and LOVE this movie!