In New York City, wealthy 12-year-old Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) meets working-class, streetwise 14-year-old Karen (Rainbow Harvest) and becomes close friends with her, despite their very different backgrounds. Lonnie lives in a luxurious townhouse, complete with a maid, whereas Karen's building encompasses multiple, basic apartments. Karen's visits to Lonnie's house introduce her to a calmer way of life; on the other hand, Lonnie's visits to Karen's area expose her to a world that is more down to earth...and where shouting, abuse, as well as sex, are commonplace.
A unique coming-of-age story, Old Enough will transport you back to New York City in the early 1980s, when kids still went outside to play, rode bicycles without helmets, and played stickball in the street. Those of us "old enough" will relive an era before the Internet, iPhones, etc., when curious children befriended one another simply by joining in outdoor activities, coming over for dinner, and sleeping over one another's house.
In addition to nostalgia, there is also plenty of realism. Lonnie and Karen's onscreen friendship was brilliantly portrayed and truly felt genuine. Despite its ups and downs, to include the friction created when Lonnie becomes attracted to Karen's brother Johnny (Neill Barry), their friendship endures in the end, with Lonnie literally slapping reality into Karen, and Karen growing up, realizing her mistake, and befriending Lonnie once again.
Old Enough also stars Danny Aiello as Karen and Johnny's intimidating father and features a very young Alyssa Milano as Lonnie's little sister. This DVD includes an interview with actress Roxanne Hart, who portrayed sensual upstairs-neighbor Carla. Fans are sure to enjoy the actress's fond memories of working on the film.