Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lucas by David Seltzer

A sentimental ode to adolescent romances, a grave study of the sexual marketplace, a treatise on "coming of age", a Hollywood film which transcends genre limitations, this is a lesser-known film starring Corey Haim in a tour de force performance.

There are many memorable scenes in this film. My favorite comes ten minutes into the film when a bunch of jocks carry Lucas to the dais, trying to humiliate him. And he turns the tables on everybody, but not quite. He leaves defeated, but not before showing us all what a gem of a person he is.

I found it distressing that such a gifted actor died of drug-abuse at a young age.

Highly recommended. The stellar review by Roger Ebert is here.

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