I can't say enough good things about this movie.
It is over 32 years since this movie was released. It is from 1980.
It features Chris Makepeace, (Meatballs 1979, (Rudy). Matt Dillon, Ruth Gordon
(Harold & Maude, Clint Eastwood movies, etc..... It also features an uncredited
cameo by a young Jennifer Beals pre her Flashdance days, still looking as beautiful as ever. Joan Cusack is also in it, as one of the students, her real life father plays a cameo as the "principal".
This movie deals with a kid, named Clifford, "Makepeace", trying to adapt to big city life, at a public school in downtown Chicago, where he had just come from an elite private academy. His dad played by the hilarious actor, Martin Mull, is the manager of a 5 star hotel, Clifford lives there with his dad along with his grandma (Gordon) who is elderly, but still thinks she is a teen herself, she is always into some kind of mischief around the hotel, that adds to the hilarity of the story.
Matt Dillon plays (Moody) the school bully, who terrorizes the weaker, scrawnier kids with his gang of 3, extorting their lunch money, for protection, Clifford finds a reluctant friend and protector in then newcomer Adam Baldwin, who due to his size is feared, and an outcast at the school, who is given a bad reputation over rumors that turn out to be false regarding his dead brother.
It is beautifully written, acted, and has beautiful scenery, music, and acting from all of the actors,' but more importantly, especially something that today's movies seem to be sorely lacking, is a message, the message here is, "perservere, and fight for what is right, never give up and never give in."
I can watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it, entertaining, definitely a case of nostalgia and a throwback to better times.